Lille have opened the scoring in their first Ligue 2 game in five years with a 2-0 win at Paris Saint Germain.
Gaston Leroy’s strike from outside the box was enough to give the French side a 1-1 draw on Saturday at the Stade Velodrome.
The Ligue I side are now just three points behind leaders Marseille, who sit fourth on the table and a point ahead of second-placed Monaco.
They face a battle to keep hold of third place on Sunday.
Paris Saint-Galise are five points adrift of third-placed Marseille.
Lille coach Laurent Blanc said he wanted to keep the game fresh and take it to a level where the French national team could play at a high level.
“We want to show that we are not going to be defeated by a few goals, that we can play at the highest level,” Blanc said.
“There are still a lot of good players who have not played in the Premier League, so we need to find a way to keep fighting.”
If we want to play for a Champions League place, we need all the experience we can get.
“Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint – who beat Monaco 2-1 at the weekend – remain third, four points behind second-place Marseille who have been pushed to the brink of safety with a game in hand.
Paris are top of the table with 12 points, seven ahead of Lyon, who will be looking to stay in the top six after beating second-seeded Lille.