Tough talking from Rudi Garcia paid off as his Lille side returned to winning ways in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 victory over Lorient.
The manager of the French champions was rankled by his side conceding five goals at home to Bordeaux last week. The fact his team scored four in reply was little consolation.
So while a victory, courtesy of Mathieu Debuchy's 75th-minute strike, was important, the clean sheet which accompanied it capped the evening's work and closed the gap on the top two.
Marseille fell three points off the pace in the race for a Champions League berth next season after being held to a 1-1 draw against Valenciennes at Stade Velodrome.
Alou Diarra opened the scoring for the hosts just after the quarter-hour but Gil secured a share of the spoils for the visitors with the equaliser in the 50th minute.
Toulouse breathed fresh life into their bid for European football next season with a classy 3-0 victory on the road at Nancy.
Goals by Francois Sirieix and Adrien Regattin had the visitors in control at the break while Emmanuel Riviere made the scoreline that bit more emphatic with his side's third inside the final 20 minutes.
Sidney Govou popped up with an equaliser deep into stoppage time as Evian took a point from their 2-2 draw at Caen.
The former France international's first goal for the club he joined last summer denied the hosts all three points after they had led through Livio Nabab's 57th-minute effort.
The hosts had earlier opened the scoring through a Pierre-Alain Frau penalty on the stroke of half-time while Cedric Barbosa struck Evian's first of the night after 50 minutes. The stalemate leaves both sides locked on 24 points apiece and still mired in mid-table.
Eduardo had a penalty saved late on as Ajaccio missed the chance to pull away from the relegation zone following a goalless home draw with Brest.
Ajaccio looked set for a much-needed win when Benoit Lesoimier was penalised for handball in the area. But Eduardo failed to convert, sending his spot-kick straight at Steeve Elana to make the stop.
Dijon eased their drop fears with a comfortable 3-0 home win over relegation rivals Nice. On-loan midfielder Gael Kakuta opened the scoring just before half-time before second-half goals from Brice Jovial and Koro Kone sealed a good night for the hosts.
The clash between Ligue 1's bottom two sides ended, predictably, in a goalless draw as Sochaux and Auxerre contented themselves with a point apiece.
That was enough to move Auxerre up a place above Nice and with just six points separating the bottom 10, there is still plenty of time for both sides to make a bid for safety. But there was little - especially from the visitors - in the encounter to suggest either is poised to do so.