Andre-Pierre Gignac's late winner gave Marseille a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lorient, moving his side just two points shy of the UEFA Champions League picture as Guingamp also left it late and Saint-Etienne moved third.
UEFA Champions League hopefuls Lille snapped a five-match winless run as they beat lowly Sochaux 2-0, while Marseille also helped their European prospects by easing past Bastia 3-0 in Ligue 1.
Goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin were enough to help Marseille to a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Valenciennes in Ligue 1.
Marseille face a trophyless season after they were knocked out of the Coupe de France in a nine-goal thriller by Nice, while three Ligue 1 clubs were eliminated by sides from lower divisions.
Marseille remain unbeaten in five domestic games under Jose Anigo after coming from behind to beat Evian 2-1, while Lille blew a chance to go second as they lost 2-1 to Reims.
Monaco needed a late winner from Yannick Ferreira to get past Vannes 3-2, while Lyon put six pas La Suze and Ligue 1 sides Nice and Bastia both advanced into the last 16 of the Coupe de France.