Cologne - Hamburger SV celebrated as if they'd won the title after Monday's extra-time relegation/ promotion play-off win over Karlsruher SC saw the Red Shorts maintain their proud status as the only club never to have been relegated from the Bundesliga.

The clock's still ticking

It's almost 52 years in the Bundesliga now and counting for HSV...

Play on words

How about this amusing find from injured HSV wide man Marcell Jansen? Responding to the policeman's request to get off her bike, the lady replies: "I can't, I'm from Hamburg." Absteigen also meaning 'to be relegated'.

Rincon's regards

Former HSV midfielder Tomas Rincon said, "Six-time German champions, three-time Cup winners, forever in the top division. Congratulations to all HSV players, the Dino lives on!"

The Incredible Djourou

HSV defender Johan Djourou posted this powerful image on his Instagram account. "Job done!" he exclaims...

Boulahrouz's heart still beats for HSV

Former Hamburg defender Khalid Boulahrouz appeared to enjoy the game: "What a match, but we won in the end and HSV are staying where they belong. Bundesliga!"

Jiracek's delight

"The second division and HSV?" asks Hamburg midfielder Petr Jiracek. "That just doesn't work. The clock's still ticking... the Dino lives on."

Drobny's sweet tooth

"Sleep? Drobo only has eyes for the Dinosaurs of the league!" reads this tweet...

Hamburg's 12th man

Here's how the Hamburg players and fans celebrated before taking three leave of the Wildparkstadion on Monday night...

Party time

A dapper-looking Pierre-Michel Lasogga was all smiles at the after-party: "Always in the Bundesliga, only HSV."

Don't stop 'til you get enough

HSV head coach Bruno Labbadia was still up at 5:30 in the morning over at Erika's Corner...

City pride

You couldn't go anywhere in Hamburg without being reminded of the Red Shorts' heroic effort. "Always first division! We congratulate HSV on their Bundesliga survival!" reads this message above a local S-Bahn platform...