A late equaliser from Glenn Murray rescued Reading a vital point in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Madejski Stadium.
The Royals took the lead on 19 minutes as Michael Hector netted his first goal from the club with a thumping header.
Wolves responded quickly in the second-half, completing a quick turnaround courtesy of ex-Reading Midfielder James Henry and Evans, before Jake Taylor equalised for the hosts.
Substitute Dave Edwards looked to have sealed a win for the visitors late on as his flicked header crept over the line, but Murray's superb strike from outside the box two minutes from time snatched a draw back for the hosts.
Around six thousand people were expected to take part in the Windsor half marathon today. It's the event's 32nd year.
The 13.1 mile race starts in the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park and is part of the Windsor Running Festival which began yesterday.
Ronald Koeman told Southampton to "take a picture" of the Barclays Premier League table after Graziano Pelle volleyed "one of the goals of the season" to see off QPR.
Saints boss Koeman heaped praise on Pelle's scissor-kick winner as Saints edged out Harry Redknapp's side 2-1 at St Mary's, conceding his surprise at his side's impressive start to the campaign.
Southampton held on to second place thanks to strikes from Pelle and loan man Ryan Bertrand that secured their fourth straight win.
Koeman admitted Southampton have exceeded his pre-season expectations, shaking off Mauricio Pochettino's exit and a raft of player departures.
"I'm a little bit (surprised) by our start yes, because always you have to wait after a lot of changes in the team," said Koeman.
"But we had a good pre-season, we had some difficult moments in the club, a lot of people, even the press was a little bit afraid, with questions about relegation.
"But we know what our qualities are, and little by little we have shown them.
"I'm satisfied with how we're playing. Now we can watch the table tonight and take a picture.
"Then we start again on Tuesday."
Koeman will now hand his Southampton players two days' rest ahead of next weekend's league clash with Tottenham.
Southampton's players turned down a day off on Wednesday in a bid to seize on the good feeling fostered by Tuesday's Capital One Cup victory at Arsenal.
Pelle's acrobatic volley separated the teams on Saturday, the Italian pouncing just moments after Charlie Austin had levelled with an impressive finish for QPR.
Koeman believes there will be few more spectacular Premier League strikes this term than the improvised winner.
"It was a great finish - it will be one of the goals of the season," he said.
"And still it's more important because it made it 2-1.
"I'm happy about his performance from the start of the season, because he has showed his quality and personality.
"He will always keep the ball for the team.
"And that's important for the team in how we play.
"And if you can score like this, you can't do it better."
Rangers boss Redknapp shook off taunts from Southampton fans on his south coast return, owing to his defection from Saints to Portsmouth in 2005.
The ex-Tottenham boss was impressed by Austin's second league goal of the campaign, but admitted his side must sharpen up further in their bid for top-flight stability.
Brazil star Sandro returned after knee trouble only to depart in the opening exchanges due to a heavy blow to the head.
Redknapp allayed fears about any lasting damage, admitting the medics had to remove the holding midfielder as a precaution.
"It was a great finish, he's proved again he can score at this level and that's important and encouraging," said Redknapp.
"We didn't play too badly at all to be honest, but we can still keep improving and we've got to make that progress.
"We were sorry to lose Sandro so early in the game, after a matter of minutes.
"We kept going, kept working, lots to work on and we can keep going.
"He got a bang on the head and the doctor was worried about it.
"He didn't look too bad at half-time, but obviously the doctors have got to err on the side of caution.
"There have been plenty of new directives on head injuries and we just couldn't take any risks at all."
On-loan defender Ryan Bertrand opened his Saints account to hand the hosts the lead before Charlie Austin blasted home on the turn.
Italian striker Pelle trumped Austin's smart finish with a true showman's goal to secure Saints' fourth win in six Premier League ties this term.
Former Southampton boss Redknapp received the hate-filled welcome he anticipated, after quitting Saints for bitter rivals Portsmouth in 2005.
The ex-Tottenham boss was subjected to vitriolic chanting from home supporters, but would have chuckled to himself when Austin stole the second half equaliser.
The former bricklayer had a fine chance to double his tally, but headed wide, while Nico Kranjcar also hit the woodwork with a fine free-kick.
The ex-Portsmouth midfielder fired a set-piece goal to steal QPR a point against Stoke last weekend, but was just unable to repeat the feat at St Mary's.
Pelle's stunning volley won the day however, the £8million summer recruit notching his fifth Southampton goal.
Southampton's victory kept them second in the table, after Chelsea eased past Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, to continue new boss Ronald Koeman's fine Premier League start.
Dusan Tadic spent the first half gamely battling to cajole Southampton's staccato attack into something resembling fluency.
Despite his best efforts however the hosts were unable to break the deadlock before the break, even with QPR remaining largely toothless up front.
Morgan Schneiderlin squandered the chance of the half, screwing his low shot well wide after being sent clean through by Sadio Mane.
Serbia striker Tadic wasted a gilt-edged chance himself, unable to connect cleanly enough in the box to provide the power to beat Rob Green.
The relieved Rangers keeper tapped wide at full stretch when Tadic should have buried his point-blank effort.
None of Saints' big men were able to meet Tadic's early whipped free-kick with any accuracy early on and that missed opportunity set a frustrating tone for the opening exchanges.
Pelle fired wide of Green's left post when he could have aimed across goal too, as Saints continued their wasteful half.
Eduardo Vargas and Austin spent precious little time combining with their midfield to offer any tangible threat for Rangers, but Kranjcar and Leroy Fer had to shoulder their share of blame for not bridging the divide.
Matt Phillips blasted high and wide after a botched clearance from Nathaniel Clyne, before Austin chipped wide in first-half stoppage time.
Redknapp's men were fortunate to turn around on level terms, desperately hoping to grow in stature with every chance Saints fluffed.
Just when the visitors thought they could frustrate Southampton into a costly error though, Koeman's men opened the scoring.
Mane's prescient back heel opened the QPR defence, Bertrand raced through the door and blasted the ball under Green to wrestle control for Saints in the 54th minute.
Austin disabused any Saints notions of coasting to victory with a fine finish 12 minutes later, firing home on the spin after controlling Vargas' cross.
Rangers' return to level terms was meant to stun Saints into a state of shock, but instead the hosts struck straight back.
A peripheral figure for much of the afternoon, Pelle forced the tie to turn on his acrobatic finish.
The Italian striker teed himself up before unleashing an unstoppable scissor-kick blast into the top corner to put Saints 2-1 to the good only two minutes after the visitors had levelled.
Steven Davis rattled the woodwork from 20 yards as Saints pressed again, before Austin headed wide in another fine opportunity for QPR.
Kranjcar hit the angle of post and bar for QPR as Redknapp's men ground on in search of a second equaliser.
Tadic struck a post as the match edged into stoppage time, but Saints eased to victory despite failing to add a third goal.
Horse racing has been paying tribute to one of the great trainers of recent times. Toby Balding, who trained more than 2000 winners in a career which spanned more than half a century, has passed away aged 78.
We continue our countdown to the 25th staging of the Great South Run, now just four weeks away. A group of Royal Marine wives are training for the 10-mile run around Portsmouth, proving its not just their husbands who are capable of a good yomp. Sarah Gomme reports.
Around 7,000 competitors are preparing to take part in the Hever Castle Triathlon this weekend - featuring the world's largest children's triathlon.
In just five short years the event has swiftly established itself as an essential destination for British and international triathletes, garnering plaudits and mainstream media attention for its picture postcard venue, elite action, age-group choice and festival atmosphere.
With no fewer than 13 race choices on offer, over 5,500 triathletes ventured to Hever Castle in September 2013, with entries increasing again for the fifth running of the event in 2014.
To cement the race’s title as the world’s largest children’s triathlon, 2,000 young athletes are expected - up 30% from 2013. In 2013 the children’s race places sold out in August so places have been expanded this year by splitting the children’s races over two days (8-10 year olds on Saturday afternoon and 11-15 year olds on Sunday afternoon).
The 2014 Hever Castle event will feature the second year of The Gauntlet, a middle-distance race that will push competitors to their limit via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run.
The racing world is in mourning for Toby Balding, the racehourse trainer from Hampshire who has died aged 78. He was one of the few in the profession to have won the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle. He was based at Fitfield near Andover.
It's their best start in football's top flight for 26 years - and Southampton Football Club are hoping that form continues. Manager Ronald Koeman though, says fans mustn't get carried away with the club's current top four position.