Lille coach Rudi Garcia has hailed his players for starting to turn their season around with two consecutive Ligue 1 wins to move them within five points of a European place.
Consecutive victories over Lyon and Rennes have given Garcia's men a major boost ahead of Saturday's trip to Ajaccio, who like Lille are starting to turn their season around.
Despite a dismal start to their campaign, Garcia believes another impressive win in Corsica will confirm their resurgence and give them plenty to play for for the rest of the season.
Garcia said: ``It would have been easy for the players to lose confidence but we have become more effective, and if we win at Ajaccio we could be in for a good season.
``We have got to keep winning if we want to move up the table. We have had two very encouraging victories but we must remain alert and not fall asleep.
``Ajaccio will be a tough team to handle but we know what to expect and a third straight win would certainly make things interesting.''
Ajaccio looked like relegation candidates until a run of six straight Ligue 1 games without defeat lifted them to 13th place in the table.
And new coach Albert Emon says a win against Lille would give his side further breathing space in their fight to ensure top-flight football for at least another season.
Emon, who will be without calf injury victim Adrian Mutu, said: ``If we win this game it will be a great step forward.
``We will have established a base of 42 points and it will give us something to build upon.''