TROYES, April 28 (Ligue 1) - Blaise Matuidi scored twice in the final 16 minutes to earn Troyes a priceless victory over relegation rivals Sedan.
The midfielder powered home two identical left-footed finishes to breathe new life into ESTAC's fight against relegation, and leave Sedan with plenty to do to avoid the drop.
The team from the Ardennes region had fallen behind to a superb Cedric Barbosa first-half strike, but went in front against the run of play - despite the sending-off of their midfielder Aliou Cisse - thanks to goals by Yoann Lachor and Joseph-Desire Job.
However, Matuidi had the final word to leave third-bottom Troyes just three points off Nice. Sedan are now seven points off safety.
The deadlock was broken when Barbosa latched onto Ziad Jaziri's short pass and fired a 25-yard bullet into the top corner.
Troyes should have doubled their lead just before the break when Danic's cross from the left found Jonathan Lacourt, but the midfielder's first-time effort was tipped aside expertly by Patrick Regnault.
After Mansour Boutabout missed a gilt-edged chance for Sedan in the 50th minute, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Cisse was shown his second yellow card for a foul on Lacourt.
It did not stop them drawing level, with Lachor nodding a Stephane Noro free-kick home from six yards out.
The hosts should have gone back in front in the 64th minute but Danic blazed over a penalty, which had been awarded when Yahia was harshly adjudged to have fouled Jaziri.
Their misery was compounded when Job put Sedan in front in the 68th minute, the substitute tapping home from close range following a Gregory Pujol cross.
Matuidi had the final say, though. He provided the leveller in the 74th minute when his deflected shot from long range flew into the top corner
The 20-year-old then sent the majority of the Stade de l'Aube crowd crazy by ramming home a left-footed shot into the corner with six minutes remaining.