Neymar gave Paris St. Germain a 1-0 home victory against fierce rivals Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday, ending the champions' three-game losing run. Neymar was at or near the top of his game.
On the cusp of halfway, Neymar scored to put PSG in the lead with 29 points after 11 games, three more than Lorient in second place.
With 23 points, Marseille, who had Sauel Gigot dismissed midway through the second half, is in fourth place, one point behind RC Lens, whom they will visit the following weekend.
Olympique Lyonnais' losing streak increased to six games earlier on Sunday as they lost 3-2 at Stade Rennais in their debut game under new coach Laurent Blanc.
For Rennes, who earned their third consecutive league victory and climbed two positions to sixth with 21 points, Martin Terrier scored twice.
Lyon, who replaced Peter Bosz with former France defender Blanc, have dropped to 10th position with 14 points after losing five of their past six games.
Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Amine Harit's curling attempt from 18 metres out at the Parc des Princes in the 23rd minute as Marseille picked up the pace following a hesitant beginning.
Five minutes later, Pau Lopez deflected Kylian Mbappe's powerful shot over the bar to give PSG a response.