NANTES, May 12 (Ligue 1) - Guingamp took another step towards Ligue 1 survival with a useful draw at Nantes, which keeps the Breton club three points clear of the relegation zone with two games remaining.
Guingamp responded well after their 4-2 home mauling by fellow strugglers Le Mans at the weekend, securing the point that could prove crucial in Bertrand Marchand's side's attempt to extend their stay in the French top flight.
But UEFA Cup-chasing Nantes will be desperately frustrated at their inability to collect all three points, although their four-point gap to fourth-placed Auxerre means Les Canaris still have a chance of earning a spot in Europe's second-tier competition.
Nantes created the best first-half openings, with Nicolas Gillet forcing a good save from Ronan Le Crom and Gregory Pujol firing off from six yards when he should have at least hit the target.
Le Crom then did well to keep out Pujol's 20-yarder a minute before the break to end a poor first-half in which both sides did little to capture the imagination.
The pattern of the first period was maintained in the second, with Guingamp struggling to escape from their own half of the field.
Le Crom saved brilliantly from Hassan Ahamada in the 70th minute after the substitute had headed Frederic Da Rocha's cross goalwards, but Guingamp could have stolen an ill-deserved win seven minutes from the end.
Nisa Saveljic cracked a thunderbolt from 35 yards that beat Mickael Landreau but - to the relief of the highly-rated keeper - flew wide of the post.