St Etienne will hope to build on last week's encouraging draw against leaders Paris St Germain to push back up towards the top of Ligue 1.
Christophe Galtier's men were moments away from beating the expensively-assembled PSG only to concede an injury-time equaliser last Sunday.
After leading 2-0, that came as a blow but Les Verts did have to play the final half-hour with 10 men after Fabien Lemoine's dismissal and, on reflection, there were some positives.
St Etienne remained seventh in the table after the result and will have hope of climbing as they travel to lowly Sochaux this weekend.
Galtier said: ``I'm proud of what my players did, and the determination they showed in trying to counter a great team.
``If you'd offered me a draw before the game, I would have taken it.
``It was a promising match from everyone, and it was positive overall.''
They head to Stade Bonal to face a Sochaux side second from bottom in the table with just six points, although one that hopes to start moving upwards under new manager Herve Renard.
Sochaux are still to win in the league since Renard left his post with the Zambia national team to take charge last month, but they did claim a promising League Cup victory in midweek.
Goals from Sebastien Corchia and Roy Contout in extra time saw Les Lionceaux overcome Montpellier 3-2 in an eventful last-32 tie.
Renard hopes that reult can provide a springboard for better things to come, although he accepts there remains much work to do.
He said: ``There were positives, but once again they were broken up by some major errors.
``I hope that going through will give us a bit of confidence.
``We will need to recover well and analyse the game to send out the best possible team against St Etienne in the league.
``Winning this tie is a plus, but let's not forget that the league remains our priority.''