Paris Saint Germain closed the gap on leaders Montpellier with a thumping 6-1 win over struggling Sochaux.
Javier Pastore set PSG on their way in the fourth minute and although Modibo Maiga levelled eight minutes later, it was just short respite for Sochaux.
Thiago Motta restored PSG's lead on 25 minutes and Jeremy Menez added a third on the stroke of half-time.
Nene then took centre stage with two goals in five second-half minutes and Sylvain Armand completed the rout in injury-time.
The win moves Carlo Ancelotti's men to within two points of Montpellier, while Sochaux drop to second from bottom.
Lyon boosted their hopes of a top four finish as they came from behind to beat Lorient 3-2 at Stade Gerland.
Lorient threatened a major shock when Kevin Monnet-Paquet and Mathias Autret fired them 2-0 in front.
Lyon pulled a goal back on 38 minutes when skipper Cris volleyed home and Lisandro Lopez drew the home side level 13 minutes from time.
Substitute Bafetimbi Gomis netted the winner for Lyon five minutes from time to lift Lyon above Rennes into fourth.
Ajaccio moved out of the relegation zone with a goalless draw at home to Nancy.
The home side came closest to scoring when Ilan struck the crossbar at the end of the first half, but they had to settle for a point which moved them clear of the bottom three.