Nice eased their relegation concerns with a shock 2-1 win at high-flying Bordeaux on Friday.
The hosts, who could have moved up a place to fifth with victory, made light of their missing Africans on Cup of Nations duty when Diego Rolan opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 33 minutes, after goalkeeper Mouez Hassan was adjudged to have brought down Nicolas Maurice-Belay in the box.
Jordan Amavi equalised midway through the second period with a deflected header from Valentin Eysseric`s free-kick.
And Alassane Pleas notched the winner in the final minute from Eric Bautheac`s pass to snatch the three points.
The victory propelled Nice into the top half and now eight points above the relegation zone following their second success in a row.
Leaders Lyon are away to Lens on Saturday while champions Paris Saint-Germain host Evian on Sunday.
If Lyon slip up, second-placed Marseille could return to the top, where they have spent most of the season, with a home win over Guingamp on Sunday.