Marseille ended a difficult seven days on a high with a 2-0 win over St Etienne.
L'OM came in for fierce criticism seven days ago for sending their reserves to the capital to face Paris Saint Germain due to security concerns, although they did claim a draw, and were beaten by Zenit St Petersburg in the Uefa Cup on Thursday.
Jean Fernandez was able to rally his troops and a brace from Mickael Pagis sank Les Verts.
Pagis (pictured) opened the scoring with a superb free kick on 17 minutes and doubled the lead two minutes later when converting a cross from Taye Taiwo.
Pagis had the chance to complete his hat-trick just after the hour, but his penalty was saved by Jeremie Janot.
Le Mans boosted their hopes of nicking a Uefa Cup spot with a dramatic win at struggling Strasbourg.
The game appeared to be heading for a draw after Ismael Bangoura cancelled out an early effort from Strasbourg's Amara Diane, but Libano Grafite popped up with an injury-time winner for Le Mans.
Lille slipped further behind second placed Bordeaux after drawing 1-1 at Nantes.
The result could have been worse for the northern club as Nantes led for long spells through Julio Rossi, but Abdul Keita snatched a point with a reply on 84 minutes.