Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff believes his side's strength will be tested in their Ligue 1 return against St Etienne after the adversity of their Coupe de France semi-final defeat this week.
Evian stunned Lorient with an emphatic 4-0 win in the semi-final at the Parc des Sports on Wednesday to knock them out of the competition and leave them facing three league games with little to play for other than pride.
Lorient are eighth in the overall standings, well away from the relegation scrap but not close enough to push for a place in Europe next season, unlike St Etienne who are one point adrift of fourth-placed Nice.
Gourcuff does not, however, expect the task of bouncing back from the defeat to victory to be an easy one.
``These are difficult times to live,'' Gourcuff told fclweb.fr.
``It is the elimination by such a heavy defeat and the content of our game is incomprehensible. That's a lot of disappointment, but life goes on.
``It will not be easy (to beat St Etienne). But it is through this sort of difficulty that real competitors are recognised.''
St Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier has revealed his side is still targeting a third place finish in Ligue 1 this season. ASSE are currently four points adrift of Lyon who currently occupy that position.
``This is an exciting finish,'' Ruffier told asse.fr.
``These three games are three challenges to complete the highest possible ranking, and why not third?
``We want to continue to play our game with our qualities. We will do our utmost to achieve the best possible ranking.''