Ten-man Everton invoked the spirit of Newcastle United to deny struggling Queens Park Rangers a first Premier League win of the season in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.
Newcastle left Sunderland with a 1-1 draw earlier on Sunday having had Cheick Tiote red carded in the first half of their Wear-Tyne derby march, and Everton were forced to produce similar heroics in London by holding out with 10 men for the last 30 minutes of this match.
QPR had made the perfect start to a saturated afternoon when Junior Hoilett bounded upfield before seeing his shot deflect off Leighton Baines and beat the helpless Tim Howard on two minutes.
Everton equalised when the unmarked Sylvain Distin met a Pienaar free-kick to send the ball goalwards. The ball hit a post, but came off the back of the diving Julio Cesar to wind up in the net 12 minutes before the break.
Pienaar walked around the hour mark for a late tackle on Jose Bosingwa that earned him a second yellow card. He was unfortunate to be sent off having made minimal contact, but could easily have earned a straight red for a dismal two-footed challenge on Hoilett moments earlier.
QPR pushed for the winner against a tiring visiting side, but could not find a way through inspired goalkeeper Howard and a vintage performance in central defence by Phil Jagielka.
QPR failed to win their first eight Premier League matches of the season for the first time since 1991-92 in the old Division One. They didn’t win until their ninth match that season and ended up 11th. Manager Mark Hughes will certainly not be overly dismayed about the way his side went about their business here.
Howard was forced to scramble the ball away from Hoilett on six minutes, but Cesar was equally alert to claw out a free-kick by Nikica Jelavic six minutes later.
Jelavic was denied a certain penalty when he was taken out of the action by Stephane Mbia a minute after Everton's equaliser before QPR's defence was again found wanting when Jagielka saw a header come back off the bar.
Jagielka set the tone for his stout second-half performance when he denied Ji-Sung Park a scoring chance when he made a superb tackle to halt the former Manchester United midfielder as the ball raced across goal from Samba Diakite's pass.
Pienaar - who will be suspended for next week's Merseyside derby - saw Bosingwa dive to get the home man sent off, but Everton's 10 men were not finished as Cesar scrambled Jagielka's header off his line with 20 minutes remaining.
Howard then dived low to his right to thwart a raking Hoilett effort on 73 minutes before Howard dashed off his line to save at the feet of Djibril Cisse.
The Everton act of defiance continued when Howard flew across goal to make a wonderful one-handed stop from Hoilett on 80 minutes. QPR also had their own shout for a penalty when Seamus Coleman seemed to connect late with Hoilett in the area having taken a heavy first touch, but the referee did not want to know.
It was Jagielka who had the final say of the day when he made a last-ditch intervention deep in his box after a Diakite shot had run free to ensure Everton would not be leaving town without the point.
Everton have lost one of their last 17 Premier League matches. QPR have won one of their last 11.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Tim Howard - Everton: Was between him and Phil Jagielka for the top man, but the big American keeper gets the nod for producing some exceptional work on a tough old day for his side at Loftus Road. Howard made sure Everton earned something for their troubles.
QPR: Cesar 7, Mbia 6, Traore 6, Nelsen 6, Bosingwa 7, Diakite 7, Park 7, Taarabt 7, Granero 7, Hoilett 8, Zamora 5; SUBS: Ferdinand 6, Cisse 6, Onuoha 6
Everton: Howard 9, Baines 7, Jagielka 9, Distin 8, Coleman 6, Neville 6, Osman 6, Pienaar 5, Jelavic 5, Mirallas 6, Anichebe 5; SUBS: Heitinga 6, Naismith 6