Sochaux's incredible survival bid continued with a 2-1 win at Rennes while Paris Saint-Germain set a new Ligue 1 points record on Saturday.
PSG – crowned champions of the French top flight on Wednesday – won 3-1 at third-placed Lille to keep the race for the final UEFA Champions League place alive.
But the real drama was at the other end of the table as Herve Renard's Sochaux won again.
They sat six points adrift of safety in late March but a seven-match unbeaten run – of which four have been wins – have given Sochaux every chance of remaining in Ligue 1 with one match remaining.
Their latest triumph means they are now just one point behind the 17th-placed Evian TG, while Montpellier, Guingamp and Nice could also be relegated on the final day of the season.
Sochaux's latest win came thanks to a late winner from former Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka.
Marseille loanee Jordan Ayew put Sochaux in front after 33 minutes but Paul Ntep came off the bench to level for Rennes with 18 minutes left.
Mayuka was to be the hero though, converting Sebastien Roudet's assist in the 77th minute.
Evian will now be looking over their shoulder despite a 2-0 home win over Nice in which Kevin Berigaud and Nicolas Benezet both scored.
The loss leaves Nice two points clear of safety.
Guingamp are also two points ahead of Sochaux after Claudio Beauvue and Mustapha Yatabare scored in a 2-0 triumph over Toulouse.
And 2012 champions Montpellier are still not sure of their league status next season after a 2-0 home defeat to Bastia.
Sambou Yatabare and Wahbi Khazri both netted for the winners.
At the other end of the table, PSG won well at Lille but had their triumph soured by an injury to Yohan Cabaye.
Marquinhos opened the scoring for PSG in the 41st minute, shortly after Marvin Martin had been dismissed for a dangerous challenge on Cabaye.
France international Cabaye had to be stretchered from the field under the closed roof of Stade Pierre-Mauroy, casting doubt over his involvement in the FIFA World Cup.
Lucas Moura put PSG two goals up in the 65th minute, before substitute Blaise Matuidi grabbed his fifth league goal of the season late on.
The league's previous record for a single season was 84 points – set by Lyon in 2005-06 – and PSG now stand two points clear of that marker with a match still to play.
Jonathan Delaplace grabbed a stoppage-time goal for Lille, whose bid for UEFA Champions League football will now go down to the wire after fourth-placed Saint-Etienne cruised to a 3-1 win at Nantes to close the gap between the sides to two points.
Other results saw Marseille draw 1-1 at Bordeaux while Lyon slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against Lorient.
Already-relegated Ajaccio beat Reims 2-1 but the news was not as good for Valenciennes, who will also play in the second tier next season, as they lost 2-1 at home to Monaco.
|Coach: P. Montanier|
for K. Grosicki 55'
for T. Bakayoko 62'
for A. Doucouré 80'
|Guardiola pays tribute to battling Mainz|
|Orlando City sign Shea|
|Porto 4 Vitoria Setubal 0: Brahimi inspires late drama|
|League Two Review: Burton held, Cambridge snatch late point|
|Millwall 0 Bolton Wanderers 1: Pratley nets winner for visitors|
|Lens 2 Nice 0: Cyprien and Coulibaly lift hosts|
|Celta Vigo 0 Almeria 1: Nolito miss proves costly|
|Heerenveen 0 ADO Den Haag 0: Visitors´ winless streak extended|
|Mainz 1 Bayern Munich 2: Guardiola´s men break Christmas points record|
|Blanc unconcerned by league placing|
|United targeting title - Carrick|
|Soldado ´ashamed´ at not performing for Spurs|
|Ramos to wait and see on fitness for final|
|Garcia wins appeal against two-match ban|
|Hart signs new City contract|
|Hereford United wound up|
|Pearson given touchline ban for fan row|
|FIFA confirms third-party ownership ban|
|Inter v Lazio: Ranocchia wants to build momentum|
|Rodgers hits out at Sterling criticism|
|Pardew backs Colback to shine against Sunderland|
|Minimal recovery time a concern for Bauza|
|Liverpool v Arsenal: Wenger out to avoid repeat performance|
|Newcastle United v Sunderland: Pardew calls for a derby day show|
|Adebayor available for Burnley clash|
|Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid: Simeone´s men eye fitting response|
|Targett commits to Southampton|
|Garcia vows to attack Milan|
|City still without strike trio for Palace test|
|Courtois set for return at Stoke|
|Di Maria set for possible United return at Villa|
|Neymar in frame for Cordoba match|
|FIFA to publish Garcia report|
|Liverpool will not appeal Balotelli ban|
|A-League: Newcastle Jets 2 Adelaide United 1|
|Fournier eyes Fekir stay and attacking reinforcements|
|Abidal announces retirement ahead of potential Barca return|
|Redknapp: Crouch deal not possible|
|Klaassen laments Ajax ´off-day´|
|Wenger not fearful of another Anfield nightmare|
|Whelan wants to extend Stoke stay|
|Kalou eyes Hertha exit|
|Fellaini: Belief growing of title tilt at United|
|Benteke: Villa transfer request was a mistake|
|Gerrard urges Sterling to stay put|
|Pardew calls for calm ahead of derby clash|
|Kerala Blasters v Atletico de Kolkata: Luis Garcia talks up team ahead of final|
|Monk wants three new Swansea signings|
|Koeman plays down Sneijder link|
|Howard targets another World Cup|
|Inzaghi prepared for Stadio Olimpico atmosphere|
|Toronto expect Defoe to return|
|Rodriguez suffers injury setback|
|Klopp denies Dortmund departure plans|
|Copa del Rey Review: Bilbao and Elche edge through, Madrid derby beckons|
|Simeone refuses to criticise Atleti display|
|Serie A Review: Juventus and Napoli brush aside lowly opponents|
|Allegri and Juve ride through unusual Cagliari approach|
|Agent - Hernandez not giving up at Real|
|Atletico Madrid 2 L´Hospitalet 2 (5-2 agg): Spectacular Alcaraz double seals draw for minnows|
|Bruce: Ben Arfa has played his last game for Hull|
|Cagliari 1 Juventus 3: Juve ease into mid-season lead|
|Howard: Mignolet fighting for his Anfield career|
|Aston Villa v Manchester United: Visitors aim to stretch impressive run|
|QPR v West Brom: Irvine enjoying fruits of his labour|
|Balotelli banned for one match over controversial image|
|West Ham v Leicester City: Allardyce wary of fatigue|
|Hull City v Swansea City: Monk dismisses one-man-team tag|
|Dawson set to miss up to five weeks|
|De Boer coy on Ajax exit rumours|
|Hughes keen for Crouch stay|
|Lambert reiterates no issue with Keane|
|Inzaghi confident of ´great things´ for Milan|
|Barcelona v Cordoba: Catalans aim to end year in style|
|Koeman rules out Sneijder move|
|Southampton v Everton: Martinez ignoring hosts´ slump|
|Roma v Milan: Mexes targeting greater consistency|
|Jardim wary of Monaco fatigue|
|Tottenham v Burnley: Bentaleb sets sights on top four|
|Manchester City v Crystal Palace: Warnock has no fear|
|Wenger hopeful on duo for Liverpool clash|
|Alonso and Lewandowski out of Mainz clash|
|Cruz Azul v Auckland City: Tena wants Real reaction|
|Warnock: Palace have no chance of signing Cole|
|Allardyce in no rush for contract talks|
|Uche signs Villarreal extension|
|League One Preview: Sheffield United and Yeovil back in league action after cup exploits|
|Real Madrid v San Lorenzo: Casillas set for landmark appearance in final|
|Ronaldo more impressive than Messi, says Carlos|
|Poyet desperate for recruitments|
|Palace suffer Chamakh blow|
|Germany end year at top of FIFA rankings|
|Martinez calms Mirallas injury fears|
|Clayton ruled out for the season|
|Cabaye pleased to play full game|
|Klopp upbeat despite late equaliser|
|Cech: We can be best ever Chelsea side|
|Newcastle face goalkeeper crisis ahead of derby|
|Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga stugglers targeting morale-boosting win|
|Medellin 1 Santa Fe 2: Visitors fight back to win|
|Barcelona 1 Emelec 1: Ecuadorian Primera A Third Stage play-off evenly poised|
|Sporting Cristal 0 Juan Aurich 0: Third leg required to decide Peruvian champions|
|Bauza ´delighted´ after San Lorenzo reach final|
|Paris Saint-Germain v Montpellier: PSG look to build|
|Bundesliga Preview: Bayern seeking to extend unbeaten start before winter break|
|Contra, Michel join Guangzhou R&F|
|Naismith signs Everton extension|
|Palestino 3 Santiago Wanderers 1: Title drought almost over for hosts|
|Copa del Rey Review: Finnbogason breaks drought in Sociedad win|
|Coupe de la Ligue Review: PSG scrape into quarters, Lille, Monaco win on penalties|
|Worcester City 1 Scunthorpe United 1 (aet, 13-14 on pens): League side narrowly avoid shock|
|Stambouli hails ´perfect´ Tottenham|