Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim praised Coupe de la Ligue opponents Sochaux after his side needed a penalty shootout to beat them on Tuesday night.
Les Rouges et Blancs found themselves behind in the 16th minute via Faneva Andriatsima's strike and would've been relegated from the competition but for an 83rd minute equaliser from Joao Moutinho.
Penalty misses from Marco Ilaimaharitra and Moussa Sao eventually allowed Monaco to claim a nail-biting win and Jardim was impressed with what he saw from the lower league outfit.
"It's a hard-earned qualification. Last year, we were knocked out of the Coupe de France here (2-1 in the last 16). This season, Sochaux had already taken out Marseille (1-1, 4-3 on pens.)," he said after the match.
"Everyone can see that this team has a lot of qualities; they were more aggressive than us and they won more challenges in the first half.
"After the break, we hung onto the ball better. Also, our opponents got tired; they couldn't play like that for 90 minutes."
Sochaux head coach Albert Cartier was understandably upset by running the Ligue 1 outfit so close before falling short at the final hurdle, but was proud of the performance from his players.
"We knew we would be experiencing the highest level against this Monaco side. We tried to counter them with intelligence and passion, but that wasn't enough, even though we did manage to ruffle their feathers," Cartier said.