Leaders Paris Saint-Germain failed to extend their lead at the top of the table after being held to a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux.
PSG got off to a flying start at Stade Chaban-Delmas when Mohamed Sissoko fired them in front after just ten minutes.
However, the lead proved short-lived as Yoan Gouffran drew Bordeaux level just three minutes later.
Montpellier missed the chance to close the gap on PSG after they were held to a 1-1 draw by St Etienne.
Banel Nicolita opened the scoring for St Etienne in the 33rd minute before Joris Marveaux levelled the score in the second half for Montpellier.
Lyon dropped further off the pace after they went down to a 2-1 defeat at Sochaux.
Anthony Reveillere's own goal gifted Sochaux the lead after ten minutes, but Alexandre Lacazette drew Lyon level four minutes later
Ryan Boudebouz's penalty two minutes before the break gave Sochaux the points as Remi Garde's side went down to their fourth successive away defeat.
Marseille's improved form in Ligue 1 continued as they registered their third successive win with two second half goals seeing off Nice.
The visitors gave a good account of themselves - hitting the woodwork twice in the opening half an hour - but eventually succumbed to a 75th-minute Jordan Ayew header and a Loic Remy penalty deep into stoppage time.
Auxerre ended their torrid run of form after they beat Toulouse 2-0 at Stade de l'Abbe-Deschamps,
Teenager Yaya Sanogo scored his first Ligue 1 goal before Roy Contout sealed the win two minutes before the final whistle.
Caen ended a four-match winless run in Ligue 1 with a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Dijon.
Gregory Leca opened the scoring in the 36th minute and a quickfire double from Frederic Bulot and Pierre-Alain Frau midway through the second half wrapped up the points.
Nancy boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 success over Brest.
Jung Jo-gook put the hosts ahead after 64 minutes, but Benoit Lesoimier levelled for Brest five minutes from time.
However, there was still time for Daniel Niculae to grab the winner for Nancy two minutes from time.
Lorient piled the misery on basement boys Ajaccio with a 2-0 win thanks to second-half goals from Yann Jouffre and Gilles Sunu.
Rennes had to settle for a point at home to struggling Valenciennes as Remi Gomis struck to earn his side a 1-1 draw.
Rennes had taken the lead after 20 minutes when Jires Kembo-Ekoko struck but Valenciennes were on level terms less than 10 minutes later as Gomis completed the scoring.