PARIS, Dec 16 (Reuters) - St Etienne underlined their hopes of reviving their glory days when they eased past Valenciennes 3-0 on Saturday to move up to third in Ligue 1.
The once great club, who have not won anything since securing the last of their record 10 French titles in 1981, climbed two spots and are now on 31 points from 18 games.
St Etienne leapfrogged Lille, who had gone 10 matches without defeat but lost 2-0 at bottom club Sedan.
Lille drop a place to fourth, one point behind St Etienne.
Champions Olympique Lyon, who top the standings on 46 points, will on Sunday visit Racing Lens, lying second 14 points back.
St Etienne were 2-0 up courtesy of goals from Brazilian forward Ilan and midfielder Pascal Feindouno when midfielder Christophe Landrin put the icing of the cake with a superb acrobatic volley on 84 minutes.
Midfielder Gregory Pujol and striker Nicolas Marin scored for Sedan, who recorded their second victory of the season by stunning Lille.
Monaco continued their recovery from a disastrous start to the season by beating Sochaux 3-0 with goals from Jerko Leko, Jeremy Menez and Yaya Toure to move up three places to 13th.
Surprise package Nancy climbed a spot to sixth by beating Olympique Marseille 2-0 earlier on Saturday.
Midfielder Benjamin Gavanon opened the scoring for the home side from a free kick just before halftime and Brazilian forward Kim wrapped it up from inside the box on 71 minutes.
Easterners Nancy now have 29 points from 18 games, two more than Marseille, who drop a place to seventh.
Marseille sorely missed inspirational midfielder Franck Ribery, sidelined with a groin injury.
France striker Djibril Cisse started a match for the former European champions for the first time. The forward, who fractured his right leg in June, had made his Marseille debut as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Monaco last weekend.