Karim Guede (front) struck twice as SC Freiburg boosted their survival hopes with an unlikely 4-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday
After surviving a storm - Frankfurt taking eight shots with no reply - Julian Schuster (c.) scored against the run of play
Marco Russ (c.) could not believe his or Frankfurt's luck as yet another chance went begging...
...before Guede netted the first of two goals to double Freiburg's lead
Joselu's (r,) persistency paid off as he pulled a goal back for Frankfurt, lifting hopes of a recovery
Felix Klaus (2nd r.) soon ended any Frankfurt optimism, however, with Freiburg's third, from yet another surgical counterattack
Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann played his part too with more touches than anybody else.
Hakan Calhanoglu's (r.) deflected effort ten minutes from time gave Hamburger SV a deserved lead against 1. FC Nürnberg
The hosts had dominated proceedings at the Imtech Arena, but Raphael Schäfer pulled off a number
Jaques Zoua was denied on several occasions by the Nürnberg stopper and had another effort headed off the line by Javier Pinola
Mike Frantz's (r.) own goal two minutes from time appeared to have sealed the win for Mirko Slomka's side (© Imago)
However, Josip Drmic (front) pulled a goal back for the visitors, before Rene Adler (back) was forced into a spectacular save
FC Bayern München picked up their next victory on Saturday evening, a 2-1 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
...providing the cross for Mario Mandzukic to head the hosts in front just before half time...
...before the Germany international curled in this delightful free-kick in the 52nd minute to put Bayern 2-0 up (© imago)
Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender (No8) tussled with Bayern's Franck Ribery (front) as the visitors refused to give in, battling on until the end...
...allowing Stefan Kießling (c.) to grab a late consolation. However, Bayern's win was
Raffael (r.) and Max Kruse (l.) were both on target in Borussia Mönchengladbach's shock win away to Borussia Dortmund
Mats Hummels (l.) missed an early chance for a Dortmund side enjoying more of the ball in the opening stages, but he
Gladbach sat deep for much of the first half, hoping to beat their opponents on the break, and their match plan paid dividends in
Things went from bad to worse for Dortmund shortly after when Max Kruse (r.) fooled the BVB defence to send the ball into an open net for Gladbach's second
The home side were given fresh hope, however, when Gladbach were reduced to ten men following Havard Nordtveit's second yellow
Shinji Okazaki (c.) was on target twice as 1. FSV Mainz 05 enjoyed a second-half comeback away to 1899 Hoffenheim, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to snatch a 4-2 victory
Hoffenheim bossed the first half and gained the deserved lead from Eugen Polanski's (r.) fantastic left-footed volley finish from 18 yards
Roberto Firmino (l.) doubled the hosts' lead shortly after with Markus Gisdol's charges looking on their way to three points
Mainz, reacted well to that setback and reduced the deficit through Maxim Choupo-Moting's (l.) close-range finish,
...and Okazaki (l.) helped Mainz to a lead only two minutes later as the 05ers overturned a 2-0 deficit within the space of only eight minutes
Okazaki's (2nd r.) second goal of the afternoon two minutes into stoppage time - his 11th of the season - eventually sealed things for Thomas Tuchel's charges
Hannover 96 and Hiroshi Sakai (top) landed a comprehensive 3-0 win away to Hertha Berlin
The home side, who had Ronny (r.) back in their starting XI, started promisingly, with the Brazilian at the heart of most of their promising action...
...but it was the visitors who took the lead at the capital's Olympiastadion four minutes into the second half
Jan Schlaudraff (r.) doubled the advantage for Hannover after rounding Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft, scoring for the first time since November 2012...
...before Szabolcs Huszti (l.) further extended their lead with a cool right-footed finish from close range for the clinical visitors
New VfB Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens enjoyed a solid start in the Swabians' hot seat as his charges were held to a 1-1 draw at SV Werder Bremen
Arthur Boka (l., against Ludovic Obraniak) and VfB launched several promising attacks towards the Green-Whites' goal...
...and saw their efforts pay dividends ten minutes into the second half as Geord Niedermeier converted on the rebound after having
Bremen threw bodies forward in the final stages however and managed an equaliser after 79 minutes courtesy of Aaron Hunt's (front) cheeky free-kick through the VfB wall...
...to earn Werder a draw with his (r.) fourth goal this season
Eintracht Braunschweig and Ricardo Rodriguez' (front) VfL Wolfsburg played out a 1-1 draw in the Lower Saxony derby
Luiz Gustavo (2nd r.) gave a dominant Wolfsburg side the lead a good half hour into the game, slotting home from close range...
...for the Brazil international midfielder's (l.) fourth goal of the current campaign
Braunschweig proved a tough nut to crack though and levelled matters shortly after the interval,
Meanwhile, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (front) was Schalke's hero once again as he scored both goals in a 2-1 win at Augsburg in Friday's Matchday 25 opening game
Tobias Werner (l.) was a thorn in Schalke's side, and he gave Augsburg the lead after only four minutes had been played
Joel Matip (r.) and his fellow Schalke defenders were guilty of some sloppy passing in the opening stages
Augsburg continued to enjoy the better of the game with Daniel Baier (r.) shielding the ball from Huntelaar (l.) here
But the first Augsburg mistake was punished by Huntelaar (l.), who tucked the ball in after Kevin-Prince Boateng's (2nd r.) shot was parried by Alexander Manninger
Huntelaar (2nd l.) struck again early in the second half to secure all three points for Jens Keller's men
Andre Hahn (l.) saw several of his efforts fly wide of the target as FC Augsburg failed to snatch the equaliser their spirited performance deserved