Paris Saint-Germain re-took top spot in Ligue 1 having been temporarily dislodged by Lyon. However, it was not a convincing win over Bordeaux, and it was arguably Lyon's surprising home draw with Evian and not PSG's win that returned them to the summit on goal difference.
Midweek Coupe de la Ligue heroes Saint-Etienne and Rennes enjoyed wins, but the most eye-catching result of the weekend has to be Nice's victory at 2011 champions Lille. Perennial relegation battlers, les Aiglons have been transformed under Claude Puel and les Dogues' former coach came back to haunt them with a 2-0 win.
Toulouse moved back into the top half of the table with an important win over rock-bottom Nancy, and Lorient continued their fine form with a win over fellow strugglers Troyes.
Meanwhile Sochaux threw themselves a lifeline in the fight to avoid the drop with a 1-0 win over Reims, a result which sees the Champagne outfit drop into the bottom three.