Karl Toko Ekambi was on target again but Angers SCO had to settle for a point with a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers RC Strasbourg Alsace on Saturday.
Angers SCO 1-1 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Angers had not played since their 3-0 win over SM Caen on 17 March, and Stéphane Moulin's side, 13th at kick-off, six points above the bottom three, were clearly keen to make up for lost time.
Prince Oniangué was involved in the build-up that led to Thomas Mangani charging into the penalty area - he rode a challenge before crossing for Toko Ekambi, who greedily snapped up his 17th of the 2017/18 season (6').
With Jeff Reine Adelaide involved heavily, the hosts were proving a real handful for Strasbourg, who looked like a side short on confidence after a winless six-game run that has seen them tumble to within four points of the bottom three.
In Dimitri Lienard's set-pieces, however, they have a significant weapon, and after Ludovic Butelle had been forced into emergency manoeuvres to punch away one (18'), Mangani had to help his goalkeeper out by clearing a Pablo Martinez shot off the line (24') from another free-kick.
Alexandre Oukidja was called into action by Flavien Tait at the opposite end (33') before Butelle again denied the visitors, pushing out Stéphane Bahoken's well-struck effort in the dying seconds of the half (45+1').
A Bahoken lay-off allowed Jérémy Grimm to send off a shot that Butelle touched onto the bar (48') as Strasbourg sought to get a foothold in the match. They got one when Jonas Martin was brought down in the penalty area by Vincent Manceau, and Martin himself levelled from the spot (71').
It was the former Montpellier Hérault SC midfielder's fourth league goal this season, and his third penalty, and gave his team a potentially valuable point.
THE PLAYER: Karl Toko Ekambi
Where would Angers be without their prolific star forward? Already heading for Domino's Ligue 2 is the answer. Seventeen goals - out of Angers' total of 37 - is an incredible return.
THE STAT: 3
Strasbourg have won just three of their last 28 away games in the top flight, losing 19 times (before this one).