RENNES, September 10 (Ligue 1) - Rennes leapt out of the bottom two in Ligue 1 after a victory over Auxerre with two goals from Youssouf Hadji.
The victory, only their second of the season, saw them rise five places to within one point of their opponents.
The home side's Brazilian striker Adailton forced goalkeeper Fabien Cool to save his 12-yard header in the 19th minute with Hadji shooting narrowly wide moments late.
Eight minutes before half-time Vassiriki Diaby responded for Auxerre from long range but he was off target.
Rennes finally broke the deadlock and scored the goal their pressure deserved three minutes after half-time when Hadji converted Olivier Monterrubio's corner.
Within 10 minutes the home side had doubled their lead when this time Monterrubio was on target after collecting a pass from Kim Kallstrom.
Midway through the half Auxerre hit back when Diaby fired home from outside the penalty area but any hopes of a fightback were ended in the 73rd minute.
Cool could not gather Cyril Jeunechamp's shot from the left and Hadji was on hand to net Rennes' third.
The result will be a relief to Rennes coach Laszlo Boloni whose team finished fourth last season but were spanked 6-0 by Nancy last time out but Jacques Santini, handed the unenviable task of succeeding Guy Roux at Auxerre, already has plenty of food for thought.