DSC Arminia Bielefeld picked up a vital three points courtesy of 2-0 victory over 1. FC Kaiserslautern on Matchday 13.
As if reeling from the after-effects of a midweek DFB Cup defeat in Bochum, the hosts began slowly. Bielefeld were equally unadventurous with Lautern's Kacper Przybylko threatening before Markus Karl, who was later withdrawn injured came closest in the first period with a powerful header.
Proceedings livened up after the break, however, when Tim Heubach was dismissed in the 56th minute. David Ulm converted the resultant penalty to give the visitors a priceless lead, although Przybylko missed a glorious chance to restore parity moments later. Down to ten men, Konrad Fünfstück's troops had little option to press for an equaliser, but were hit with a sucker punch on the counter-attack when Stephan Salger scored Bielefeld's second seven minutes from time.
Norbert Meier's men move into 11th with the victory, a place above Kaiserslautern.