PARIS (AP) -- Mathieu Valbuena and Andre Ayew scored their first goals of the season as Marseille won 2-0 at Lorient on Saturday to keep the pressure on Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French league.
Marseille provisionally moved level on points with leader Monaco, which plays at Reims on Sunday, and two points clear of PSG ahead of its home game against Toulouse later Saturday.
"Although we got the result, the first half wasn't good at all. We weren't in the game and we were lucky not to concede a goal," Marseille coach Elie Baup said. "We weren't strong in the challenge, we weren't committed enough. Luckily the second half was better."
Lorient coach Christian Gourcuff hoped to have Jeremie Aliadiere, the club's top scorer last season, back in the squad but he has not yet fully recovered from a torn thigh muscle.
Marseille lined up with brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew in attack but withstood spells of pressure before Valbuena -- who got the winner in the corresponding fixture last season -- drilled home a free kick in the 58th minute.
"Lorient has a good approach to the game, they can spread the play all over the pitch and you have to make sure they don't hit you on the break," Baup said. "You have to contain them and then try and surprise them."
Midfielder Bryan Pele forced a fine save from Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda before Ayew sealed the win in injury time after being set up by substitute Saber Khalifa.
PSG plays Benfica in the Champions League in midweek and coach Laurent Blanc started with striker Edinson Cavani on the bench and dropped midfielder Javier Pastore altogether following his poor start to the season.
In Saturday's other matches, it is: Evian vs. Bordeaux; Lyon vs. Lille; Nice vs. Guingamp; Saint-Etienne vs. Bastia, and Sochaux vs. Valenciennes.
Also Sunday, Rennes hosts Nantes in their local derby and Ajaccio vs. Montpellier.