Nicolai Müller opened the scoring in 1. FSV Mainz 05's eventual 3-2 win over SV Werder Bremen which provided a dramatic denouement to Matchday 13
Shinji Okazaki hit a brace either side of half-time, his second double in four games. He hadn't managed a single brace in 71 appearances prior to Sunday's game...
...but as Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel exhorted his tired players to greater efforts...
...Franco di Santo (2 r.) set Eljero Elia up for what looked like a consolation, but then scored himself to set up an enthralling final five minutes
However, Bremen's players were ultimately left disappointed that their spirited revival was too little, too late to pick up a point
Milan Badelj (l.) and Ivo Ilicevic (r.) were joyous as Hamburger SV picked up their first win at home under Bert van Marwijk by defeating Hannover 96 3-1
Szabolcs Huszti had capitalised upon a defensive mistake in the 28th minute to give Hannover the lead with his fifth goal of the season...
...but Badelj hit back moments later with a superbly-controlled volley from the edge of the box to equalise
Within seconds of the restart, Maximilian Beister (r.) eluded Sebastien Pocognoli's attentions to make it 2-1, and
...which was completed by Hakan Calhanoglu (r.) in the 84th minute, who crowned an excellent individual display as a
FC Bayern München's Toni Kroos (l.) was celebrating, while Mario Götze (r.) wasn't. The latter's second Bundesliga
The first-half was tensely-contested, the best chance fell to Mario Mandzukic (c.), whose acrobatic effort couldn't beat Roman Weidenfeller to break the deadlock...
...but that was done by Götze after his introduction. The 21-year-old scored with only his sixth touch after coming on as a 56th minute substitute, but refused to celebrate...
...Arjen Robben was celebrating however, as his dinked finish over Roman Weidenfeller (l.) made it 2-0 in the 85th minute...
...while Thomas Müller's finish two minutes later left Erik Durm (pictured) and Dortmund depressed - as well as seven points behind Bayern
Kevin-Prince Boateng looks to the heavens after Schalke surrender a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at Eintracht Frankfurt
It had all started so well for the men from Gelsenkirchen. A Johannes Flum own-goal past keeper Kevin Trapp (pictured) had given them an early lead...
...before Joel Matip made it two after just 18 minutes of action.
Flum reduced the arrears, however before Joselu (r.) hit a magnificent brace - his first for the club - to put the Eagles 3-2 ahead...
...but they were brought back down to earth thanks to Schalke captain Benedikt Höwedes' (c.) late equaliser.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen picked up a hard-fought 1-0 win at capital city boys Hertha Berlin's Olympiastadion thanks to Stefan Kießling's (l.) first-half strike
The opening exchanges were cagey - Hajime Hosogai (c.) couldn't impose himself as easily as usual, but Ömer Toprak (r.) in
Kießling's (3 l.) eighth goal of the season then soothed the nerves of Sami Hyypiä's men
Sami Allagui (l.) did his best to lead the fightback: The Tunisian second-half substitute mustered two attempts on Bernd Leno's goal...
...but Kießling's (r.) clinical nature was demonstrated in giving Leverkusen three points. Last season's top scorer
Hiroshi Kiyotake (r.) and Luiz Gustavo (l.) shared the spoils as 1. FC Nürnberg rescued a 1-1 draw at home to VfL Wolfsburg
...Maximilian Arnold struck his fourth goal in the last five games with a swerving shot from distance to give the Wolves a first-half lead...
...but Daniel Ginczek's second strike of the season levelled matters in the second period, and thereafter neither side could find a winner
Halil Altintop (2 r.) celebrated becoming the Bundesliga's joint most-capped Turk (249 appearances) with a brace to give FC Augsburg a 2-0 home win over 1899 Hoffenheim
Altintop's (l.) second goal was a thing of beauty, arriving late to convert a wonderfully well-worked team move after 23 minutes
Despite Kevin Volland's best efforts, Augsburg became the first side this season to prevent Hoffenheim from scoring
Eintracht Braunschweig were left frustrated after a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers SC Freiburg, their fifth home loss this season
It was a tense first half at the Eintracht-Stadion in which Freiburg's Mike Hanke (l.) struggled to make any headway...
...but Gelson Fernandes gave the Black-Forest men the lead after 52 minutes, a strike which brought Christian Streich's men their second away win in succession
Borussia Mönchengladbach's deadly trio: Raffael (l.) scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart on Friday
Granit Xhaka (r.) had two early strikes on goal for the visitors, for whom Moritz Leitner (c.) lasted only 45 minutes before being replaced by Ibrahima Traore
It could have been a completely different story had Vedad Ibisevic made contact with Alexandru Maxim's early cross from the right.
Timo Werner (r.) showed some bursts of pace which contributed to a very lively opening from the hosts...
...but Gladbach played their part in an entertaining game, getting their reward when Raffael struck from Herrmann's pass
This sweet volley from Wendt then sealed victory for Lucien Favre's men, who have now won four on the bounce and, as a result,
Wendt celebrated with Xhaka in front of a sizeable herd of Foals' fans as Gladbach opened up a four-point cushion over Wolfsburg, at least for a night