Mario Balotelli was on target to keep Nice on the coat-tails of Nantes in a 1-0 Ligue 1 victory over Bordeaux.
Balotelli struck for the ninth time in this term’s league campaign after beating goalkeeper Jerome Prior in the 37th minute.
Nantes occupy fifth place with Nice four points behind in sixth, both teams having played 18 matches.
Nantes maintained their push for European football after recording a 1-0 victory over Angers despite the dismissal of Yacine Bammou.
Bammou was sent off in the 66th minute after receiving his second yellow card, but by that point the home side were already in front.
Emiliano Sala supplied the winning goal in the first half after delivering an unstoppable penalty, finding the net for the sixth time this season, to heighten the pressure on relegation-threatened Angers.