Chelsea 6-1 Queens Park Rangers
Fernando Torres bagged a hat-trick as Chelsea thumped QPR by six goals to one to close the gap on fourth-placed Newcastle to a point.
Daniel Sturridge, John Terry and Florent Malouda were also on the scoresheet for Chelsea who ended an incredible week for the club in style while Djbril Cisse netted a late consolation for relegation threatened Rangers.
Roberto Di Matteo's side received a hero's welcome at Stamford Bridge following their midweek Champions League success but they had to put that to one side at kick-off. The West London club are still seeking to reach their goal of finishing fourth in the Premier League with no guarantee that they will be in the Champions League next season.
And the hosts could not have got off to a better start as Sturridge fired them ahead after just 40 seconds when he cut inside from the left flank and struck a right-footed effort into the top corner.
Chelsea had failed to win in their seven previous London derbies this season but they were in a strong position early on and Frank Lampard almost doubled the lead when his chip was turned over the bar by Paddy Kenny.
But Terry, who has been under the spotlight this week, headed in from Juan Mata's corner moments later before Torres grabbed his first goal of the game to put the home side 3-0 up after just 19 minutes.
It looked like it could turn into a thrashing for Rangers who were at sixes and sevens at the back and Torres made it four on the 25th minute when he capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Kenny and Nedum Onuoha.
The Spaniard almost sealed his hat-trick before half-time when he snatched at a shot inside the box but made no mistake after the hour mark, beating the offside trap to side-foot into the bottom corner as he wrapped up first Premier League triple since 2009.
Substitutes Ramires and Malouda linked up on the 80th minute to take the scoreline to six nil but Cisse managed to pull one back for the visitors, continuing his record of having scored or been sent off in every game since joining Rangers.
Di Matteo may have some tough selection decisions in the upcoming FA Cup and Champions League finals as his players continue to stake their claim for a place in the starting line-up.
The West London club are now just a single point behind Newcastle and are now level on goal difference with the Magpies who were beat 4-0 by Wigan yesterday.
QPR remain hovering over the bottom three with a better goal difference than Bolton, although that took a beating at Stamford Bridge this afternoon and they now face two tough final games of the season with a home tie against Stoke before a trip to the Etihad Stadium on the final day.