GUINGAMP, May 8 (Ligue 1) - Le Mans pulled off another sensational win - their fourth in a row - in a bid for what would be a stunning escape from relegation.
Le Mans have had a miserable first season of top-flight football following their historic promotion but this result keeps alive the promise of a fairytale ending in a season where all seemed lost a month ago.
Even better, it came at the expense of Guingamp who themselves still have work to do if they are to ensure top-flight status.
Le Mans attacked from the start and in the first minute Daniel Cousin set up Laurent Peyrelade whose shot hit the post.
A quarter of an hour later it was Guingamp who threatened when Le Mans goalkeeper Yoann Pele spilled a cross from Nicolas Laspalle but the custodian redeemed himself by saving a shot from Nisa Saveljic with his fingertips.
Two minutes later Le Mans took the lead when Guingamp goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom was beaten by a Daniel Cousin free-kick from 30 yards.
Eight minutes later it was 2-0 when Cousin turned provider.
He drew the defenders with a run down the right and crossed to an unmarked Fabrice Pancrate who scored on the left flank.
Le Mans continued to attack and were denied by Le Crom who saved a Cousin shot at the expense of a corner.
Guingamp then nearly reduced arrears when Jerome Leroy embarked on a solo run before hitting the post.
It was 2-0 at half-time and then it was 3-0 after 58 minutes when Peyrelade's corner was headed in by Dan Eggen.
Nine minutes later Guingamp launched a comeback with two goals in two minutes.
First Leroy fed Harlington Shereni who shot into the net, helped by an Eggen deflection.
Then Farid Talahoui dribbled past Eggen and found Leroy who scored to make it 3-2.
It looked worrying for Le Mans when Cousin was sent off for ungentlemanly conduct and his angry coach Daniel Jeandupeux was also banished from the touchline.
Six minutes from time, Shereni could have equalised when he fired just wide.
In stoppage time, Le Mans made the game safe when Yohann Hautcoeur scored after being set up by Pancrate.
Le Mans looked dead and buried a month ago but now they are level on points with fourth-bottom Toulouse with three matches to play.