League leaders Lyon extended their advantage at the Ligue 1 summit with Nancy only able to draw and Le Mans suffering a shock defeat.
Lyon are now six points clear at the top of the table after Fred's 32nd minute goal was enough to see off Lille at the Stade de France.
With Bordeaux not in action, Nancy and Le Mans will now have to accept that any faint title hopes they may have retained are now gone after disappointing results.
Nancy could not find a way past Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard as their clash ended 0-0 and are now 10 points adrift of top spot.
Le Mans have now slipped to fifth having suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of lowly Strasbourg with Wason Renteria scoring in the 22nd minute.
Marseille are up into fourth place after early goals from Lorik Cana and former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse helped them overcome Auxerre.
Cana struck in the seventh minute and Cisse (22) added a second with Benoit Pedretti's late reply for the visitors nothing more than a consolation.
Babacar Gueye's penalty eight minutes from time enabled rock-bottom Metz to overcome Caen 2-1.
Pape Diop gave the Ligue 1 strugglers the lead in the 34th minute, only for Issam Jomaa to level from the spot in the 81st minute.
But just 60 seconds later Metz were awarded a penalty of their own with Gueye stepping up to secure just their third league victory of the season.
The basement battle between Lens and Toulouse ended all square with Achille Emana (75) cancelling out Ludovic Remy's early opener for the hosts.
Toulouse's Nicolas Dieuze was dismissed immediately after their equaliser, but Lens could not break down the 10 men.
The clash between Monaco and Valenciennes and Sochaux's encounter with Rennes both ended goalless.