A stoppage-time goal from Zimbabwe international Tino Kadewere rescued a point for title-chasing Lyon in a 1-1 Ligue 1 draw at Reims on Friday.
Lyon stay third in the table, level on 60 points with Paris Saint-Germain but behind on goal difference.
Lille lead the way on 62 points.
"In the second half, we played at our true level, there was only one team, it was one-sided," said Lyon coach Rudi Garcia whose side have played a game more than Lille and PSG.
"I made three changes at the break but I could have made 11! But it's not all bad because we equalised at the end."
Mathieu Cafaro gave Reims the lead after 33 minutes with a sharp half-volley from a cross by Thomas Foket.
Reims were indebted to goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic who pulled off three memorable saves in the second half.
Lyon's pressure paid off in the second minute of injury time when Kadewere headed in a cross from Memphis Depay for his 10th league goal of the season.
Lille clash with fifth-placed Monaco on Sunday while PSG, fresh from reaching the Champions League quarter-finals at Barcelona's expense, are at home to relegation-threatened Nantes.
Lyon and PSG clash next weekend in a key top of the table clash.