GUINGAMP, April 24 (Ligue 1) - Jerome Leroy struck what could prove a significant blow in Guingamp's fight against relegation, hitting the winner against Lens after just five minutes on Saturday.
The victory against Lens, who had little left to play for, lifted Guingamp four points clear of the relegation zone.
Leroy's goal came from the first opening of the game and it carried more than a little luck with it.
Harlington Shereni fired in Moumouni Dagano's cross but Leroy gave it a crucial deflection.
Lens goalkeeper Charles Itandje got a hand to the ball but could not stop it, despite a desperate lunge by Rigobert Song.
The visitors went close to an equaliser four minutes later when Guingamp goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom was forced to turn Olivier Thomert's cross behind for a corner.
Lens then rode their luck as an Itandje clearance went straight to Dagano.
His shot was deflected by Itandje, but the visitors needed Song's goalline clearance to keep them in the match.
The unmarked Papa Boupa Diop should have levelled for Lens on the stroke of half-time when he headed Dagui Bakari's cross over from the edge of the six-yard box.
The Lens goalkeeper was in better form 13 minutes into the second half when he did well to save a Dagano header.
The visitors created one of the few opportunities that came their way 10 minutes from time when Daniel Moreira headed the ball into the path of Dagui Bakari, but his shot was wide of the target and Guingamp were comfortable winners.