Marseille stop the rot at Rennes
Marseille's goalkeeper Steve Mandanda grabs the ball during their French L1 football match against Rennes on November 2, 2013 at the route de Lorient stadium in Rennes, western France
Rennes's Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira put the hosts in front from 20 metres on nine minutes, only for his effort to be cancelled out by Jordan Ayew after quarter of an hour.
With a lack of concentration in the Rennes defence Ayew struck right-footed from near the penalty spot for the Ghana striker's first goal in 10 months of Ligue 1 action.
In the 73rd minute Rennes were awarded a penalty after Kassim Abdallah fouled Foued Kadir.
Oliveira stepped up to take the spot kick but his effort was denied by Marseille keeper Mandanda, much to the delight of the travelling fans.
This stalemate, after three losses in the league and two in the Champions league, lifted Marseille up to fifth, on 18 points, ahead of the rest of the weekend action.
Rennes are two points behind in seventh.
The Ligue 1 summit is occupied by defending champions Paris Saint Germain, who moved three points clear of Monaco with a 4-0 rout of Lorient on Friday.
The result at a rain-drenched Parc des Princes extended PSG's unbeaten league run to 23 games.
The goals came from Lucas, Jeremy Menez and an Edinson Cavani double.
"We scored goals, created lots of chances and kept the ball despite the difficult weather conditions," said manager Laurent Blanc.
"Our philosophy for the game is the same whatever team we put out. There are players who have little playing time but they always demonstrate their qualities."
Saturday's late kick-offs include seven time former champions Lyon, without a win in five matches, hosting Guingamp, while on Sunday Monaco can draw level on points with PSG with a win at Lille.