Le Mans beat fellow strugglers
Two quickfire goals around the half-hour mark set Le Mans on their way to a vital 3-1 away victory against their Ligue 1 relegation rivals Boulogne.
Mathieu Dossevi and Gregory Cerdan's efforts opened up a two-goal interval lead and the impressive Didier Ovono made several fine saves. Mustapha Yatabare eventually found a way past the Gabon international to halve the deficit, but Modibo Maiga's injury-time goal assured Le Mans of victory.
Lens take three
Goals from Issam Jemaa and Sebastien Roudet before the break and a penalty in the second half from Henri Bedimo earned Lens all three points against Monaco. The home side showed no signs of weariness after being taken to extra-time by Brest in the Coupe de France in mid-week as they triumphed 3-0 against their high-flying visitors.
Nice coach Didier Olle-Nicolle was granted a stay of execution as his team snatched their first victory in three months at home to Lorient. Loic Remy grabbed the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 56th minute and, despite Lorient's plethora of chances, the visitors could not find the equaliser.
St. Etienne striker Emmanuel Riviere struck 11 minutes from time to end high-flying Montpellier's run of five straight wins and Carlos Sanchez headed the first-half winner as Valenciennes jumped to eighth place in the table with a 1-0 victory away to Grenoble.
The match between Bordeaux and Auxerre was postponed with the home side due to be in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday. In the late game, Paris St. Germain climbed further away from the relegation zone as Guillaume Hoarau netted the only goal from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win over Toulouse, who had Albin Ebondo sent off for the challenge which led to the spot-kick.