Lyon began the biggest week of their season so far with a deserved victory at home to Grenoble.
Les Gones, who face domestic rivals Bordeaux in the Champions League quarter-finals first leg this week, had dropped to sixth following last weekend's 2-1 defeat by Marseille.
However, goals from Michel Bastos and Cesar Delgado in the second half - combined with Bostjan Cesar's dismissal for the visitors - took them temporarily back to fourth with everyone else playing tomorrow.
Lyon began brightly and Brazil international Michel Bastos created a chance in only the third minute, sending in a free-kick from the edge of the box which Brice Maubleu dealt with competently.
The left-back was the home side's bright spark and in the seventh minute another free-kick, this time from further out and to the left, forced Maubleu into another good stop.
Grenoble created something in the 22nd minute but again the chance was from a free-kick. Danijel Ljuboja was the man to take it, shooting powerfully and forcing Hugo Lloris into a smart save to his right.
Lyon ended the half strongly but still the only openings came from set-plays.
Nine minutes before the break Ederson's corner was not properly punched away by Maubleu and with the goal at his mercy, Michel Bastos looked set to finally open the scoring - only to ludicrously miss the target.
He made amends, however, just three minutes after the restart. With neither side having made a substitution at the break, Ederson tried his luck from the edge of the box.
Maubleu saved, but allowed Bafetimbi Gomis to collect the loose ball and cut it back for Michel Bastos who fired it in.
Lyon had chance to extend their lead after 56 minutes, Gomis being set free to the right, taking on a defender but firing off target.
Grenoble's task got harder in the 76th minute when Cesar retaliated to a foul by Ederson and was duly dismissed.
Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez had a rare chance 10 minutes from time but Maubleu saved his powerful shot well.
Two minutes later Lyon were in again. Milivoje Vitakic won the ball from Ederson but let the ball slip away to Anthony Reveillere who missed the target from six yards with the goal gaping.
It was Lloris who made the save of the match, however, with four minutes left. The Lyon keeper brilliantly denied Grenoble substitute Laurent Courtois and the visitors' chance had gone.
Lyon made sure of the win in added time when Miralem Pjanic and Delgado teamed up with the latter keeping his composure to finish off a wonderful move.