And the 27-year-old had all the more reason to celebrate, of course, as it was his dramatic late winner that sealed all three points for the west London side.
El Khayati took to social media to thank supporters for their messages - and declared his pride at scoring his first goal for the R's.
Thanks for the messages.— Nasser El Khayati (@elkhayati10) April 9, 2016
Great feeling to score my first goal in front of our @QPRFC fans.
Even more happy with the 3 points!
QPR are now a very healthy 11th in the Championship and fans can very much hope for a top-10 finish this season.
And that may make supporters think. If Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was at Loftus Road all campaign, would the R's have had a realistic chance of promotion?
They may well next season. It's too early to count the chickens in west London, of course, but QPR have been impressive of late.
Hasselbaink has clearly made the R's more solid - and Saturday was another fine win to add to the collection book, even if it wasn't the most resounding.
Meanwhile, team-mate Sebastian Polter also reacted on Twitter: