Captain Didier Digard is hoping Nice can capitalise on any slip-ups above them as they aim to seal a Champions League place.
Claude Puel's men sit just two points behind third-placed St Etienne going into the weekend and head into tomorrow's clash with Sochaux off the back of a dramatic win over Toulouse.
However, they have to face both league leaders Paris St Germain and fellow European contenders Lyon in their remaining games, and Digard admits their fate may not lay in their own hands.
He told www.ligue1.com: ``We're slowly learning. We're lying in wait, and we'll seize our opportunity should it present itself.
``We've got some tricky matches to come as is always the case at the end of the season.
``The top of the table is tight, just like the bottom. Everyone has something to play for.''
Nemanja Pejcinovic, Stephane Bahoken (both thigh), Xavier Pentecote (knee) and Gregoire Puel (foot) missed the Toulouse game and could miss out again, while Alexy Bosetti begins a three-game suspension.
Eric Bautheac will be able to feature as his two-game suspension does not kick in until Monday.
Sochaux boss Eric Hely faces a very different problem with his team battling for survival at the other end of the table.
They sit just two points clear of the relegation zone and a shock win over Lyon at the end of March was their only win in the last six games.
But Hely has been reasonably happy with his team's form since the winter break, and he said: ``We've improved as we've picked up as many points in the second half of the season with seven games left as we did in the whole of the first half.''
Sochaux have no fresh injury or suspension concerns.