Convinced his team could succeed in Metz, Unai Emery encouraged his players throughout the match. His determination was rewarded as Blaise Matuidi found the net late on to secure a success that could make all the difference.
It was an important win in the title race, and a symbolic one for Emery, whose efforts in the Stade Saint-Symphorien were in bringing up his half-century at the head of the Club's first team. His record: 37 wins, eight draws, and just five defeats in all competitions.
It's a performance that needs highlighting; no Paris coach has done better in his first 50 matches. The Basque equalled the performance of Laurent Blanc, but has a better goal difference than his predecessor (+81 to +79).
The game also marked another record: it was an eighth successive away win in Ligue 1, equalling the league record held by Marseille.
Paris' tally of 77 points from 33 league games puts Emery in the top five of French football, and gives the Club room for optimism ahead of an exciting end to the season.