David Beckham made his Paris St Germain bow and enjoyed the perfect start as his new side struck a vital blow in their bid to win the Ligue 1 title beating Marseille 2-0.
Former England captain Beckham joined PSG on a five-month deal last month and came off the bench to make his debut at the Parc des Princes, helping to lay-on Zlatan Ibrahimovic`s injury-time clincher.
The opener had arrived from a player signed with the long-term in mind, with Lucas Moura, a fellow January arrival, scoring a deflected first-half goal.
The upshot was that Carlo Ancelotti`s men saw off one of their fellow title challengers and moved three points ahead of Lyon at the top.
Lyon kept up the pressure on PSG earlier in the day after coming from behind to beat Lorient 3-1 and register their first home win of 2013.
The visitors took the lead at the Stade Gerland in the 11th minute through Jeremie Aliadiere's header before Lisandro Lopez drew things level in the 24th. Rachid Ghezzal then put OL in front in the 50th minute and Arnold Mvuemba added their third in stoppage time to secure a victory that temporarily took them level on points at the top of Ligue 1.
Bordeaux suffered a Europa League hangover in a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to lowly Brest.
A Benoit Tremoulinas own goal and a late Ahmed Kantari penalty confirmed a third consecutive Ligue 1 defeat for Les Girondins and left a dent in their hopes of a European spot.