Paris St Germain got back to winning ways and the top of the Ligue 1 table after what proved to be a relatively easy 4-0 win over Troyes at the Parc des Princes.
Maxwell gave the hosts the lead midway through the first half before Blaise Matuidi doubled their advantage with just over 20 minutes left. It was then left to star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bag a brace and seal the win.
Nice moved into the top half after Dario Cvitanich's first-half penalty inspired them to a 1-0 win at struggling Sochaux.
Cvitanich netted from the spot to give the visitors a deserved lead on the stroke of half-time after Roy Contout was adjudged to have handled in the area.
Claude Puel's men had chances to put the game to bed after the break but their poor finishing did not come back to haunt them as they extended their unbeaten run to five matches and moved up to 10th in the process.
Evian climbed to 15th in the tandings courtesy of a narrow 1-0 victory at the Stade de la Route de Lorient, ending Rennes' four-match winning run.
Substitute Zouheir Dhaouadi netted the game's only goal 11 minutes from time to earn the visitors only their fourth win of the campaign.
Bastia defiantly hauled themselves clear of the relegation zone as they snatched a 2-1 victory from Lorient despite playing almost the entire match a man short.
Anthony Modeste went from hero to villain as he opened the scoring on 11 minutes only to see red moments later. The striker was perhaps unlucky to be dismissed, after he dived in on Kevin Monnet-Paquet, but Bastia looked set to be punished nonetheless when Lamine Kone levelled on the half-hour.
But rather than roll over the Corsicans immediately grabbed back the lead through Wahbi Khazri before holding the visitors at bay for an hour to move three points clear of the drop zone.
Nancy remain rooted to the bottom of the table after they could only draw 1-1 with mid-table Ajaccio at the Stade Marcel Picot.
Djamel Bakar put the home side ahead after seven minutes, but it was a lead they could not hold onto as Adrian Mutu tucked a penalty away 15 minutes before the end after Romain Grange handled in the area.
Brest finally claimed their first away point of the season and may feel they deserved to take all three after enjoying the better of the 0-0 clash with Reims.
Brest came into the match with the worst away record in Ligue 1, losing all seven of their matches and scoring just three goals in the process, but they were able to lay that ghost to rest at Stade Auguste Delaune.