FC Metz gave themselves hope of an unlikely Ligue 1 revival with a 3-1 victory over Racing Club de Lens at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.
Les Grenats remain eight points of safety, but have a game in hand on 17th-place Evian Thonon Gaillard and will surely be harbouring hopes of a miracle escape from the drop.
Metz are now unbeaten in three matches, following up a 0-0 draw away at Stade Malherbe Caen with victories over fellow strugglers Toulouse and Lens.
Crucially, Albert Cartier’s side have scored three goals in each of their last two matches and will not be scared of anyone as they bid to remain in the top flight.
Florent Malouda opened the scoring against Antoine Kombouare’s outfit with a fine volley before Bouna Sarr made it two from the spot just before the hour mark.
Modibo Maiga made sure of victory late on before Aristote Madiani added a late consolation goal for Lens.
The Blood and Gold remain bottom of the league and, 11 points off safety with only five games to play.