St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier was warned his team they must match the enthusiasm of relegation-threatened Troyes this weekend.
Galtier's team are enjoying a remarkable season and head into the latest round of Ligue 1 fixtures fourth in the table and firmly in contention for the Champions League.
They are unbeaten in their last 11 league matches and in addition they have a League Cup final and French Cup quarter-final to look forward to.
They drew 2-2 with leaders Paris St Germain in their last outing, but Galtier is wary of complacency ahead of the trip to the Stade de l'Aube.
The Greens boss told a press conference: ``This is a very important game, obviously less so than the last one against PSG but it is also three points.
``Troyes are playing for survival and are not doomed. They still have a chance to stay up.
``They beat Reims and drew with the champions Montpellier. We must be as determined as Troyes.''
St Etienne have lost midfielder Jeremy Clement and striker Max-Alain Gradel to injury but Galtier is taking that in his stride.
He said: ``This is part of a season.
``We are always unfortunate when players are unavailable for long periods but these absences justify the winter transfer window reinforcements.
``Other players will now have the chance to express themselves.''
With just one defeat in their last eight games, Troyes have given themselves hope of survival, even though they remain four points adrift of safety.
Midfielder Julien Faussurier told the club's website, www.estac.fr: ``St Etienne's statistics are all motivation we need.
``It does give more interest to the challenge ahead. To topple them is only more exciting now.''