Clermont boss Vern Cotter was happy with his side's performance in picking up their 70th straight triumph at home, despite missing out on a bonus-point.
A 33-19 victory over Oyonnax on Sunday combined with their three closest title rivals all losing saw Clermont open up a six-point lead at the summit.
Cotter, in his last season with the club, was happy to get the win and sees it as a good start ahead of January 11's return to Heineken Cup action.
"We'll take that victory against a very good Oyonnax team," he said after the triumph.
"Even without the bonus this win allows us to stay on top. We wanted to do well before the European Cup (begins again in two weeks)."
Meanwhile, Racing Métro picked up a much-needed 14-3 win over Toulon in their clash at Stade Jean Dauger that keeps them in the play-off race.
"It's an important result for us, especially when you see the other results," said Racing coach Laurent Travers.
"We've caught up a bit with the peloton and now our aim is to get back in the top six."