By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sochaux leap above Lens into fourth as a result of the win and were sent on their way by a first half goal from Francileudo dos Santos Silva on the quarter-hour mark.
Lens tried to get back into the game but fell behind again 25 minutes from time.
Jeremy Mathieu got the all-important second, before Francileudo grabbed his second with some 20 minutes remaining.
Paris Saint Germain looked on their way to victory before a gutsy Rennes side battled back to earn a 1-1 draw.
After a first half stalemate, Fabrice Fiorese took just four minutes of the second half to score what looked to be the winner for Vahid Halilhodzic's men, but Alexander Frei scored a valuable equaliser with 15 minutes remaining.
Guy Roux's Auxerre side were successful on their travels as they walked out of the Francois-Coty with a 2-1 win over Ajaccio.
Defender Philippe Mexes opened the scoring for Auxerre on the quarter-hour mark before Mamadou Bagayoko levelled five minutes into the second half.
The game looked to be heading for a draw until French international striker Djibril Cisse popped up with the all important winner.
Bordeaux kept themselves in the top half of the table with a 2-1 win over Lille.
The early season pace-setters found themselves two down after a Stephane Pichot own goal and Juan Pablo Francia, before Matt Moussilou pulled one back in the second half.
Nantes had to settle for a point after a 1-1 draw against Toulouse at La Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau.
Nicolas Gillet scored the first for Nantes but his goal was cancelled out by Nicolas Dieuze.
Strasbourg were impressive at home as they disposed of Bastia 4-2 at Stade de la Meinau.
PSG target Danijel Ljuboja, Ulrich le Pen and Mamadou Niang all netted in the first half with Youssouf Hadji netting his first five minutes before the interval.
Fabrice Ehret added a fourth on 54 minutes and Hadji bagged his brace on 71 but it was little more than consolation for Bastia.