SEDAN, May 19 (Ligue 1) - For the second year in a row, Valenciennes returned from Sedan with a prize worth its weight in gold.
Last year, Valenciennes had sealed promotion to the top-flight on their trip to the Stade Louis Dugaugez.
This time they secured their top-flight status against a Sedan team that, unlike their fellow promotees, failed to survive their first season back in the top flight.
Eric Hassli opened the scoring after the break for the visitors with Joseph-Desire Job on the mark for the hosts.
Sedan's fate may already have been sealed, but Nicolas Marin forced a fine save from Nicolas Penneteau who redeemed himself for creating the chance with a poor clearance.
Hassli and Yacine Bezzaz then worked a clever move which ended with Hassli testing goalkeeper Patrick Regnault with a volley.
Gregory Pujol did well to create an opening for himself but the Sedan player fired wide.
Bezzaz's trickery on the left then created an opening but neither Steve Savidan nor Hassli managed to get the decisive touch.
Five minutes after the break, Valenciennes took the lead with Bezzaz freeing Hassli who controlled the ball before beating Regnault.
Fourteen minutes later it was all square when Nicolas Maurice-Belay set up Job who found the net.
Valenciennes nearly went back ahead when Savidan forced a save from Regnault and then at the other end Pujol created a fine chance for Job who, at full stretch, could not quite get the ball on target.
Pujol had one more chance to get what would have been a futile victory for Sedan, but he was wayward with his finish.
Sedan must budget for Ligue 2 football now but Valenciennes coach Antoine Kombouare must be feeling very pleased with his work.