Rennes moved temporarily to the top of Ligue 1 after Abdoulrazak Boukari's goal gave them a 1-0 victory at Montpellier. Frederic Antonetti's side are now three points above Lille, who face a trip to third-placed Marseille on Sunday.
A paltry four goals were scored across seven Ligue 1 games on Saturday but, crucially for Rennes, one of those belonged to Boukari, who smashed a right-footed volley beyond the reach of goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdren midway through the first half.
Kamel Chafni's stunning late goal earned Auxerre a shock 1-0 win over Paris St Germain which lifts them three points clear of the Ligue 1 relegation zone. PSG had the better chances but were frustrated by an excellent display from home goalkeeper Olivier Sorin, while the post denied Peguy Luyindula early in the second half.
Youssef El-Arabi scored in stoppage time to snatch a 1-0 victory for Caen and subject St Etienne to their fourth successive league defeat. The visitors looked to have done enough to end their recent run of poor form, but El-Arabi poked the ball home in the dying seconds to atone for hitting the woodwork earlier in the match.
Sochaux moved up to eighth in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 victory over ten-man Toulouse.Modibo Maiga scored the visitors' winner in the 64th minute to inflict a fourth straight defeat on Toulouse, with the hosts ending a disappointing night on a sour note when goalkeeper Mathieu Valverde was sent off in the 90th minute.
Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard produced a string of outstanding saves to deny Nancy a much-needed win in their fight against relegation.
Nancy, looking for just a second win of 2011, created the lion's share of the chances but could not make any of them count as the side's shared a goalless draw.The point at least ended a run of two straight defeats and left the away side three points above the drop zone.
Rival goalkeepers David Ospina and Vedran Runje excelled as Nice and Lens played out a goalless but by no means uneventful draw at the Stade du Ray.
Ospina's double-save from Toifilou Maoulida and Yohan Demont was the highlight of the game, while visiting counterpart Runje superbly kept out Julien Sable's free-kick shortly before half-time. The result ultimately does little for either team's survival fight, with Lens remaining in the bottom three while Nice, five points better off, lie 15th.
Sebastien Puygrenier clattered the crossbar with the best chance of a tepid stalemate between Valenciennes and relegation-threatened Monaco. The result could represent a missed opportunity for Monaco, who remain third bottom in the standings but would have leapfrogged Auxerre had Puygrenier's volley just before half-time managed to creep in.