Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim believes the 1-0 win over Nantes on Saturday will give his side confidence as they look to catch the Ligue 1 front-runners.
The Principality club saw their six-match unbeaten league run come to an end just before the international break when they lost 3-1 at Bordeaux – only their second defeat in the last three months.
However, Les Rouges et Blancs bounced back with a narrow victory this weekend, thanks to Mario Pasalic's 43rd-minute winner as he headed home a cross from Thomas Toure.
The win enabled Monaco to close within one point of the Champions League places in fifth spot, and Jardim says the signs are encouraging, despite the absence of a trio of key players.
"After the defeat at Bordeaux we needed three points," he told the official Ligue 1 website. "We are getting closer to the podium and that gives us confidence.
"Our objective was just to play better than our opponents and we did it. We controlled the game in the second half. It is not easy to wrap up a game.
"When you have a lot more quality than your opponents you can do it, but when you are building a team it is important to win games and control matches.
"At the moment we are missing a lot of important players due to injury: Dirar, Lemar, Adama Traore. So we are building. I think we will finish the season stronger, like last season. We are only two points off second place."