Stade Malherbe Caen secured three valuable points after coming from behind to beat FC Nantes away.
It was the home side who opened the scoring on 11 minutes, with Alejandro Bedoya-who scored for the United States during the international break-received a knock-down inside the box following a throw in to tap past Remy Vercoutre.
Caen struggled to impose themselves, and, considering that the Normandy side had never won a Ligue 1 match at the home of Nantes, they could maybe be forgiven for assuming they were on a hiding to nothing.
However, Emiliano Sala fired home from the penalty spot after Johan Audel impeded Julien Feret inside the box on 80 minutes.
Patrice Garande’s side would go on to win it at the death when youngster Thomas Lemar, who hit the post on 77 minutes, sent a freekick into the box. His long-range effort eluded everyone and nestled inside Vercoutre’s far post.
The victory pushes Caen up to 12th place, six points clear of the relegation zone-the three points earned at the Beaujoie may prove to be vital to the side’s safety this term.