Nice boss Lucien Favre was left satisfied with his side's 0-0 draw with Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Wednesday night after admitting that the match "could have gone either way".
Les Aiglons remained top of the league standings despite dropping two points, ahead of second-placed Monaco and PSG in third, who also won their respective ties.
Nice were reduced to ten men when Mario Balotelli was dismissed in the first minute of extra time, while Younes Belhanda daw red four minutes later.
After the match, an upbeat Favre told the club's official website: "It’s a good point. It could have gone either way.
"We put in a pretty good performance. We got hit on the counter on numerous occasions, and it’s in those situations that they are dangerous because they have powerful strikers in [Gaetan] Laborde, Malcom and [Francois] Kamano.
"From our side of things, we had opportunities but we couldn’t put them away. We were missing some things, but it remains a good point for us and now, we can take a small rest."
He added: "In the end it worked out very well. Everybody stuck to their job. Our two centre-backs, our full-backs, including the little Burner. It wasn’t easy for him to play his first match in the league on the left when he is used to playing on the right."
And Favre was just as ecstatic to enter the Christmas break with such an impressive points tally at this stage in the season.
He concluded: "44 points, it’s fantastic. There is progress to be made, we are going to work. That is the only thing that counts, to move forward. We will continue on in 2017 with that philosophy.
"We can improve everything. The technique, the two feet to be able to play more quickly, movement, our press, we have room to improve. But that will take time, it takes time. Our players are young, so they have the opportunity to improve."