The pressure eased slightly on head coach Fabien Galthie as Montpellier ended a poor patch of seven straight defeats with a 23-20 win over Toulouse on Saturday.
A penalty with under two minutes remaining by Teddy Iribaren sealed victory for the hosts and gave them their first win since October 11.
For Toulouse – who had their own blip earlier in the season with five successive defeats – it was only their second loss in their last ten.
Galthie, who has until recently enjoyed immense success with Montpellier including guiding them to the 2011 Top 14 final, was delighted, though he admitted the performance left a lot to be desired.
“This is a huge win and an immense relief,” said the 45-year-old former France captain.
“You can’t put a price on this win. The injury to Francois (Trinh-Duc, their fly-half who broke his leg in the last game they won back in October) really hurt us badly. We have had a chain of events subsequently that has been complicated and traumatising.”