Saint-Etienne brought their seven-game winless streak to an end with a 2-0 victory over strugglers Lorient on Sunday and leapfrogged Bordeaux into fifth place in Ligue 1, closing in on the European places.
Yohan Mollo came off the bench to break the deadlock with just 15 minutes to go before Max-Alain Gradel made sure of all three points in injury time.
Saint-Etienne, who needed a late equaliser against third-tier Boulogne in Tuesday's Cup clash, found Benjamin Lecomte in defiant mood in the Lorient goal.
But Mollo, who had only been on the field a matter of minutes, took his chance from just outside the box. His powerful shot, deflected by Mehdi Mostefa, beat the hapless Lecomte with a quarter-of-an-hour left.
Africa Cup of Nations winner Gradel grabbed his third goal in as many games to seal the match by tapping in a clever Romain Hamouma cross in injury time.
Lorient, who had been reduced to 10 men when Didier Ndong was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 67th minute, are now just two points above the relegation zone.
Later on Sunday, Lyon, who have managed a mere six points from their last five league outings, travel to Montpellier, needing a win to overtake Paris Saint-Germain.
On Saturday, PSG provisionally moved to the top of the table with a routine 4-1 home win against struggling Lens.
Fourth-placed Monaco also won, 3-1 away at Evian, to move back to within six points of Marseille, who are third, with a game in hand.
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