Côte d'Ivoire striker Salomon Kalou snapped his eight match scoring drought in style as he struck twice to help Lille to a 2-1 win over Bastia and back into the Ligue 1 title race.
The 2012 UEFA Champions League winner, who was Lille's top scorer last season with 16 goals, took his tally this season to five with a brace of first-half strikes that ultimately downed the Corsican visitors.
Also on Sunday, seven-time champions Lyon were driven by first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette, his ninth of the season, and France international Bafetimbi Gomis to put them 2-0 up before Marseille launched a stirring comeback to snatch a 2-2 draw.
Remi Garde's team remain in the top ten amidst a mini-revival, while new Marseille coach Jose Anigo picked up his first league points since taking over from fired predecessor Elie Baup. Marseille drop to sixth with the draw and fall 15 points back of leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
Andre-Pierre Gignac pulled the Velodrome giants back into the tie with a goal just before half-time before Florian Thauvin smashed home a desperate equaliser with 11 minutes remaining.
At Lille, Ludovic Genest gave Bastia a stunning start to the match when he hit the target after only three minutes with a long distance volley that flew past Lille's African champion goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.
However Rene Girard's men refused to buckle and took an important stride towards their 12th win in 18 matches when Kalou scored twice in five minutes.
The first was a dipping shot on 17 minutes from outside the box that left Bastia's keeper Mickael Landreau - the record-holder for Ligue 1 appearances - flapping, before he blasted another missile past the former Nantes and PSG custodian moments later.
Earlier, Bordeaux continued their rich vein of form with a come-from-behind 2-1 home win over third-from-bottom Valenciennes.
The visitors took the lead ten minutes inside the second half through Mali midfielder Tongo Doumbia, before in-form Brazilan Jussie equalised from the penalty spot three minutes later.
The hero for the Girodins was Frenchman Nicolas Maurice-Belay who grabbed the decisive goal with 17 minutes remaining to lift his side into temporary possession of fifth spot.