Matchday 18 gallery
In the final fixture on Matchday 18, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (r.) made a goalscoring return on his comeback
The hosts started well and had a couple of chances to score themselves, but Rafael van der Vaart (r.) was unable to beat Ralf Fährmann in the Schalke goal
But it was the visitors who found the net next, with Jefferson Farfan (pictured) profitting from a goalkeeping mistake by Jaroslav Drobny...
...before teenage sensation Max Meyer (l.) made it 3-0 moments later with a drilled finish from Farfan's right-wing pull back
It capped a satisfying evening's work for the guests, who jumped up two places in the standings to fifth.
There was plenty of fighting spirit when Aaron Hunt's (l.) Werder Bremen hosted regional rivals Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday afternoon,
The snow came down in the second half at the Weserstadion, and this header from Santiago Garcia (4th l.) which was
Havard Nielsen (c.) and Philipp Bargfrede (r.) were the attacking protagonists, both going close three times
Hunt (r.) spoke of his disappointment that Bremen did not do better in front of their own fans
Felix Kroos (top), brother of FC Bayern München's Toni, jostles for possession with Ken Reichel (bottom)
Czech republic international Theodor Gebre Selassie (r.) had a solid game at right-back, but struggled to dent the compact Braunschweig backline when he got forward
Havard Nielsen's expression says it all, and the solitary point earned did little to help either side's respective league positions
Alexander Meier scored the only goal of the game as Eintracht Frankfurt picked up their first home win of the season courtesy of a narrow 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin
The capital city side and Adrian Ramos (2nd r.) enjoyed the better start to proceedings as Sami Allagui twice went close to an opener...
...but were pegged back in the 36th minute when Meier (2nd r.) made the most of a defensive mix-up to put the ball beyond Thomas Kraft
Hertha struggled to respond and went over 45 minutes in the match without registering a shot on goal having been regularly thwarted by the Eagles backline...
...who held firm under a late barrage of pressure to finally give their fans something to celebrate as their side moved out of the drop zone
FC Augsburg and newly-signed Dong-Won Ji (2nd r.) landed a surprise 2-2 draw away to Borussia Dortmund after coming from behind twice
Dortmund started off well and gained an early lead thanks to Sven Bender's (c.) header, leaving Marwin Hitz in goal no chance
Dortmund suffered an early setback, however, when Polish midfielder Jakub "Kuba" Blaszczykowski had to be substituted with a knee injury...
...and things went from bad to worse for
Nuri Sahin (l.) helped the five-time champions regain the lead with a beautiful second-half free-kick that found the top corner...
...but it wasn't to be for the hosts who were robbed of two points late on when Ji (front), who is set join Borussia in the summer, equalised with a header as both sides settled for a 2-2 draw at the Signal Iduna Park
Jonathan Schmid's (l.) SC Freiburg celebrated a dramatic 3-2 home victory against second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender (r.) opened the scoring for his side in the fourth minute with a vicious drive from outside the area
Freiburg proved a tough nut to crack, however, and carved out several chances against Giulio Donati (back r.) and Co.
Christian Streich's men eventually saw their efforts come to an avail when Admir Mehmedi (r., with Jonathan Schmid) levelled matters for the home side...
...before Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes (c.) helped Bayer regain the lead shortly before the break, heading home from a corner
Freiburg refused to give in though and made it 2-2 when Stefan Kießling turned a Schmid (not pictured) free-kick into his own net...
...before Felix Klaus' (front l.) last-gasp strike secured Freiburg a spectacular 3-2 victory over the UEFA Champions League participants
Leonardo Bittencourt (r.) was on target twice as Hannover 96 celebrated their first away victory in the current campaign courtesy of a 3-1 win against Lower Saxony rivals VfL Wolfsburg
Newly-signed winger signing Kevin De Bruyne and Wolfsburg enjoyed a dominant start against the Reds...
...but the Wolves were caught cold when Artjoms Rudnevs (r.), signed from Hamburger SV during the winter break, gave Hannover the lead, slotting in from close range
Ivica Olic (r.) levelled the score for Wolfsburg only seven minutes later with his eighth goal of the season...
...but Hannover looked the more dangerous side after the restart on head coach Tayfun Korkut's debut and were duly rewarded...
...when the Germany-born Turkish tactician saw German Under-21 midfielder Bittencourt (l.) bag a brace in the second half to secure victory
Mohammed Abdellaoue (r.) opened the scoring for VfB Stuttgart in the Swabians' home tie against 1. FSV Mainz 05
Shinji Okazaki (l.), who swapped Stuttgart for Mainz last summer, scored the equaliser shortly before the interval against his former side...
...and things ended on a high not for Mainz when Benedikt Saller's debut Bundesliga goal three minutes from time proved to be the winner a hard-fought encounter
Timothy Chandler (r.) and Josip Drmic (twice) were both on target as 1.FC Nürnberg registered their first win of the season courtesy of a comprehensive 4-0 home success against 1899 Hoffenheim
Roberto Firmino (l., against Javier Pinola) and Hoffenheim enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the first half but were made to suffer for their wasteful play
Hiroshi Kiyotake (r.) was the initiator of most of Nürnberg's promising play, the Japan midfielder set up two goals in an emphatic performance
On Friday, Max Kruse's (l., against Dante) Borussia Mönchengladbach hosted Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München in the first match of the 2013/14
A few well-known faces were in the stands, with Manchester United coach David Moyes (r.) joining Bayern president Uli Hoeneß (l.),
Mario Götze (2nd l.) opened the scoring in the 7th minute with a precise shot into the corner to give Bayern an early lead
The Germany attacking midfielder (2nd r.) was visibly delighted with his fifth goal of the season
Thiago Alcantara's (l.) Bayern remained in charge after the break against Granit Xhaka and Gladbach, enjoying the lion's share of possession...
...and the Pep Guardiola's men saw their dominance come to further avail in the 53rd minute when Thomas Müller (r.) all but sealed victory for the Bavarians from the penalty spot after Xhaka had handled inside the box