SM Caen boss Patrice Garande says he is not surprised to see his team go up to second in the Ligue 1 standings after beating Girondins de Bordeaux 4-1 on Sunday.
Syam Ben Youssef, Damien Da Silva, and Andy Delort all scored in the win at Stade Bordeaux-Atlantique, while Cedric Carrasso also found his own net before Enzo Crivelli scored a late consolation for Les Girondins.
"I think there is a certain legitimacy in our position given the number of points we have," Garande said. "It's not a surprise. We still have the momentum we had last year.
"Before the game, we had 56 points this calendar year, now it's 59, which says something. We put in the same attitude each game, and try to play with our identity. We mustn't get too comfortable, we mustn't forget where we started."
Meanwhile, Bordeaux boss Willy Sagnol was left to lament the "brutal" defeat that dropped his team down to 14th, and promised "to dig in until December and try and pick up every point we can to try and limit the damage".
"We knew that we weren't exactly cured, that we have been walking a tightrope since September," he said. "A setback always hurts, especially when the cause is always the same.
"There is a little psychological slacking off, and when the whole squad feels it, you get results like today's one."