Metz have snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw at Marseille in the French league but will rue not taking advantage of facing 10 men for more than an hour.
A defeat in Marseille on Friday would have equalled Metz's worst losing run and their hopes were raised after 30 minutes when Marseille captain Samuel Gigot was sent off for a professional foul.
However, Metz could not make their numerical advantage count.
Instead, Cameroon striker Faris Moumbagna put Marseille ahead after 56 minutes in his first start since signing from Danish side Bodo/Glimt last month.
Matthieu Udol equalised five minutes later for Metz with a brave diving header.
Metz remained third from the bottom of Ligue 1, one point ahead of Lorient and two clear of bottom club Clermont. Only Clermont have scored fewer goals.
Marseille are still unbeaten at home in the league but have gone without a win in their last five games with pressure mounting on Italian coach Gennaro Gattuso.
The point lifted them one place into seventh.
Paris Saint-Germain lead Ligue 1 by eight points from Nice.