Even with his team trailing by a goal with 13 minutes to go in regulation, Lyon forward Jimmy Briand was confident the French Cup champions could make some winning plays.
Briand scored the tying goal in the 77th minute and converted the decisive penalty kick, rallying Lyon to a 4-2 shootout win over Montpellier following a 2-2 draw Saturday in the French Trophee des Champions.
''I wasn't worried,'' Briand said. ''We had a lot of the ball and we kept on pushing. We kept on trying. We had a lot of team solidarity and didn't give up after we fell behind.''
Briand scored the tying goal off a fine feed from Alexandre Lacazette.
''After halftime, there was room for us to create more chances,'' Briand said. ''We eventually cracked through and got the equalizer. I was anticipating the play well and I got a good pass from Lacazette. I just focused on applying myself and go to the ball with acceleration.''
Briand then beat goalkeeper Geoffrey Jourdan in the shootout. Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, the French national team starter, made two saves in the shootout.
Lyon coach Joel Bats liked what he got from Briand, who had been struggling at the end of last season.
''He's a player who works very hard for the team,'' Bats said. ''When he gets that kind of break, he can be very effective. He was definitely involved in our best moments today.''
John Chukwidi Utaka scored in the 27th minute for Montpellier, the defending Ligue 1 champion. Bafetimbi Gomis tied it for Lyon in the 44th, and Emmanuel Herrera converted a penalty kick in the 56th to put Montpellier back ahead.
''We thought it was possible that it was enough for us to win,'' Utaka said. ''But Lyon kept on pushing. Even when they got the second goal, we still thought we had a chance.''
The annual Super Cup matchup, played outside France for the fourth straight year, pits the league winner against the French Cup champion.
Aly Cissokho, Bakary Kone and Yassine Benzia also scored on the penalty kicks for Lyon. Souleymane Camara and Mapou Yangambiwa converted for Montpellier.