The tension is sure to be high at the Stade Marcel Picot tomorrow night when Ligue 1's bottom two clubs meet in a vital clash.
Nancy, second bottom after two straight wins, can gain another place if they make it three in a row by topping basement-dwellers Troyes.
The visitors will see their fellow strugglers as the best opportunity to add to a paltry total of just four league wins all season.
Although they are four and six points adrift of safety respectively, neither side is without hope, particularly Nancy who have aided their cause no end with back-to-back wins over Nice and Rennes.
Those results moved Nancy above a Troyes side unbeaten in three but held to draws in their previous two matches.
Nancy coach Patrick Gabriel believes that puts the pressure on the visitors.
``A draw would not be a bad result for us,'' he said. ``Obviously if we win, it's better, but this game is not decisive for us. It is our opponents who can be eliminated from the race.''
That said, he is treating the match with the utmost importance and has called on the fans to create an imposing atmosphere for Troyes.
``We must push for the three points,'' he added. ``They will have to be enterprising and effective (to beat us) but the supporters can help us. I do not expect our fans to be the twelfth man, but the first.''
Troyes coach Jean-Marc Furlan was under no illusions as he branded Nancy the favourites for the match, but rejected the suggestion that Gabriel could be happy with a draw.
``I would prefer to be in Nancy's place, but I think both teams need to win,'' he told Estrepublicain.Fr.
``A draw wouldn't satisfy anyone. It would be no good for us, and I don't think for Nancy either.
``Nancy has potential, much more than us. I think they are better than a lot of teams in this league and the big surprise for me was to see them so far down the table at the end of the first phase.''