Hertha Berlin moved into the relative safety of mid-table courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation-threatened SC Paderborn 07 in Matchday 27's curtain closer
The first half was a tense affair, with Hertha's Fabian Lustenberger (l.) at the base of the midfield holding Paderborn's limited attacking efforts at bay...
...and it was Genki Haraguchi (r.), on his first start since Matchday 19, who was the creative outlet for the hosts in an opening 45 minutes which produced few chances
Salomon Kalou (l.) struggled to impose himself on proceedings as Paderborn emerged confidently after the restart...
...but Stocker's (r.) first Bundesliga goal in the 68th minute set Hertha on their way to victory, before Nico Schulz volleyed home an excellent late second with 88 minutes on the clock to secure a precious three points in the battle for survival
Sunday's early game ended in a stalemate as Augsburg and Schalke played out a dour goalless draw at the SGL Arena (© Imago)
The home fans were given some good news minutes before kick-off when it was revealed that coach Markus Weinzierl and sporting director Stefan Reuter (not pictured) had signed contract extensions
Klass-Jan Huntelaar (l.) scored both goals in this fixture last season - a 2-1 win for the Royal Blues - but, starved of service, he endured a fruitless afternoon in front of goal
The game was punctuated by fouls and stoppages, with Schalke's Joel Matip one of six players to be booked
It was another damaging result for Schalke, who lose yet more ground in their failing bid to finish in the top four, with eight points now separating themselves and Leverkusen (© Imago)
Former Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski (r.) grabbed the only goal of the game as FC Bayern München beat BVB 1-0 in
The Dortmund fans in the famous South Terrace put on quite a pre-match spectacle, unveiling banners showing the history of the club's stadium
The hosts began the game by pressing high up the pitch, but it was Bayern's Thomas Müller (l.) who had the first chance of the game, lobbing over Roman Weidenfeller in the seventh minute, only to see his effort bobble wide
Dortmund offered little threat in the final third and were punished when Lewandowski (r.) headed in after Roman Weidenfeller had saved another Müller effort
Marco Reus (l.) missed the hosts' best chance of the game by firing into the side netting in the second half and, despite piling the pressure onto Manuel Neuer's goal late on, Bayern held firm for a crucial victory to move closer to the Bundesliga title
Bayer 04 Leverkusen strengthened heir grip on a UEFA Champions League spot with a crushing 4-0 win over Hamburger SV
Gonzalo Castro (l.), who would go on to have a hand in all four goals, began the rout in the seventh minute
He then produced a stunning right-wing cross that Stefan Kießling (bottom) met with a diving header to make it 2-0
Kießling (r.) then made it three with a tap-in after Castro’s shot was saved…
...before Castro (r.) grabbed his second late on to make it a miserable return to the BayArena for former Bayer keeper Rene Adler
Andre Schürrle (c.) scored his first VfL Wolfsburg goal as the Wolves overcame VfB Stuttgart to win 3-1 at the Volkswagen Arena
Alexandru Maxim (c.) was retained in the Stuttgart starting line-up after his starring role in the Matchday 26 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, but Josuha Guilavogui (l.) and Co. gave him no time to settle early on
After a closely contested half-hour, the home side took the lead when Ricardo Rodriguez (r.) converted a penalty after Florian Klein’s foul on Daniel Caligiuri
(© Imago)Stuttgart fought back well and were on level terms before the interval when Martin Harnik (c.) headed in Filip Kostic’s cross
In the second half, however, the home side’s dominance told as Ricardo Rodriguez curled in a spectacular free-kick, before Schürrle’s game-deciding strike
A brace from Patrick Herrmann (r.) and goals from Max Kruse (2 r.) and Raffael (2 l.) secured Borussia Mönchengladbach their first ever league win away to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim by a 4-1 scoreline (© Imago)
Sven Schipplock's calm finish from Roberto Firmino's cutback gave the hosts a deserved lead in the 16th minute... (© Imago)
...but Max Kruse (c.) levelled from the penalty spot ten minutes later after Fabian Johnson (r.) was brought down
Raffael (r.) also got on the scoresheet with a close-range finish...
...with two brilliant finishes from Patrick Herrmann (back) securing the young German's third brace of the campaign and a resounding success for the Foals
Nothing could separate Shinji Okazaki's (l.) 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Sebastian Prödl's (r.) SV Werder Bremen at the Weser Stadion in the sides' 0-0 draw
Davie Selke (top) led the hosts' line but found it tough work against an organised visiting rearguard
Yet Yunus Malli (l.) and Co. found it equally difficult against Bremen's hard-working defence as two of the
Marcelo's 68th-minute strike inspired relegation-threatened Hannover 96 to come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 away to Frankfurt...
Alexander Madlung (2nd r.) opened the scoring in the first half before Stefan Aigner (not pictured) made it 2-0 in the 54th minute...
...but Marcelo's strike paved the way for Didier Ya Konan (r.) to net an 82nd-minute equaliser and secure Hannover a precious point in their battle against the drop
Mike Frantz's (front) 37th-minute goal ensured SC Freiburg made it back-to-back wins with a 1-0 home success against 1. FC Köln
Anthony Ujah (c.) and his Billy goats' team-mates battled hard against the Black-Forest outfit...
...but lacked the cutting edge in front of goal and slipped to a third consecutive game without a win