David Bellion ends three-year goal wait as Girondins Bordeaux
The 30-year-old striker, who had not found the net in a league game since he grabbed a double against Lorient in December 2009, tapped the ball in from a 33rd-minute corner to put his team in front.
Ludovic Obraniak doubled the lead in the 74th minute after a superb run down the left by Benoit Tremoulinas.
The 2009 champions have 38 points, four behind Olympique Marseille who occupy third spot and take on bottom club Nancy on Sunday.
"Sometimes you have to be patient and wait your turn. With the current situation at the club, I play and just try to enjoy it," said former Manchester United forward Bellion after earning only his third start of the season.
"Our run of form is good with three consecutive wins in all competitions," he told Bordeaux's website "We were solid, not brilliant, and we have to keep our feet on the ground."
Bellion got his chance on Saturday following Yoan Gouffran's move to Newcastle United in the week and because Cheick Diabate is on African Nations Cup duty with Mali.
Fifth-placed Nice, behind Bordeaux on goal difference, also won 2-0 at lowly Brest thanks to centre back Nemanja Pejcinovic and an own goal by Brahim Ferradj.
St Etienne are one point adrift in sixth spot after a 2-1 triumph at fourth from bottom Sochaux, midfielder Fabien Lemoine notching the
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