Marseille pulled level again with champions Lyon at the top of Ligue 1 after a 2-1 home win over Bordeaux.
After a goalless first half in the late Sunday kick-off at Stade Velodrome, l'OM claimed the lead four minutes after the break through Mickael Pagis.
They doubled their advantage six minutes after that through Taye Taiwo before Marouane Chamakh pulled a goal back from the penalty spot (64) for Les Girondins.
The visitors finished the match a man short after Julien Faubert was sent off two minutes before the end for serious foul play.
Nancy are up to third, despite failing to break down ten-man Rennes at Stade Marcel-Picot.
Pablo Correa's side were handed the man advantage on the quarter hour mark when former Liverpool midfielder Bruno Cheyrou was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Despite being a man short, Rennes battled and held on to claim a point on their travels.
Goals from Aruna Dindane (11), Seydou Keita (55) and Ferreyra Jussie (59) gave Lens a 3-0 win at Sochaux.
Auxerre also won on their travels after a creditable 3-2 victory over St Etienne at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.
Ilan (10) gave the home side the lead before Lionel Mathis (41) equalised for Auxerre.
Geoffrey Dernis restored the home side's lead but Auxerre levelled again through Kanga Akale (76).
Benoit Cheyrou claimed the points for the visitors with a dramatic late winner.
Finally, Paris Saint Germain recovered from their disappointing Uefa Cup draw with Derry City to defeat Monaco 2-1 at Stade Louis II.
Mohamed Kallon gave the Principality club the lead (33) before PSG levelled through David Rozehnal (42).
David Hellebuyck struck nine minutes after half time to hand Guy Lacombe's side an important away win after a poor start to their Ligue 1 season.