Nantes remain in deep trouble at the bottom of Ligue 1 after Moussa Sow's late equaliser denied them all three points against Rennes this afternoon.
Les Canaris looked set for a crucial win when Mamadou Bagayoko gave them the lead four minutes before the break and they dominated the second half.
But Sow intervened in the 84th minute to leave Nantes three points from safety in 19th position and needing favourable results elsewhere in the final two rounds of matches if they are to beat the drop.
The point keeps Rennes in with a slim chance of making a Europa League spot.
The match started at a high tempo, with Guirane N'Daw firing in a thunderbolt for Nantes after eight minutes which stung the palms of Nicolas Douchez and Sylvain Marveaux replying four minutes later for Rennes with a free-kick that Jerome Alonzo pushed away for a corner.
Sow then forced Alonzo into a smart save and Douchez was called into action when a corner eluded the entire Rennes defence and Frederic da Rocha shot from a tight angle.
Mickael Pagis wasted a golden opportunity when he failed to connect properly with Sow's cross and the visitors were made to pay five minutes later when Nantes took the lead, Bagayoko pouncing on an error by Petter Hansson and slotting the ball past Douchez.
Bagayoko tormented Hansson again with some fancy footwork shortly after the break but was not so impressive with the shot that followed, and minutes later Aurelien Capoue fired in a cross which N'Daw was just unable to divert into the net.
Bagayoko continued to give the Rennes defenders a torrid time and hit two further efforts at Douchez as Nantes searched for a killer second goal.
But the home crowd were silenced six minutes from time when Jerome Leroy played in Sow, who squeezed between two defenders and poked the ball past Alonzo.