Stuttgart striker Daniel Ginczek (l.) was the hero for the hosts in the Matchday 28 curtain-closer on Sunday, scoring twice to help the Swabians to a 3-2 victory over SV Werder Bremen
Captain Christian Gentner (r.) set Stuttgart on course for the win with an exquisite long-distance drive in the 15th minute...
...but when Davie Selke (2nd l.) equalised shortly after the break there was a sense that familiar failings but be Stuttgart's undoing once more
Ginczek (2nd l.) restored hope with this superbly taken header, only for Bremen defender Jannik Vestergaard to provide another twist by levelling for the guests again in the 86th minute
Stuttgart were reduced to ten men after Martin Harnik (top) was sent off for a reckless tackle, but Ginczek struck again from an inch-perfect Serey Die pass to give Huub Stevens' side hope in the relegation battle
Despite going down to ten men in the second half, 1. FC Köln held off a late onslaught to emerge 3-2 winners over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the RheinEnergieStadion on Sunday afternoon
Club captain Matthias Lehmann gave the Billy Goats the lead from the penalty spot with his fifth goal of the season (a personal best) in the 20th minute...
...before Nigerian international Anthony Ujah (r.) missed a great chance to double the lead before the break
Ujah did make it two after the restart, but in the 70th minute, Eugen Polanski (l.) cut the deficit from 12 yards following Pawel Olkowski's (not pictured) foul in the box, for which the Pole was dismissed
As Hoffenheim hunted an equaliser, though, Jonas Hector (no. 14) slalomed through the visitors' defence to score a stunning solo effort and render substitute Anthony Modeste's (not pictured) late header nothing but a consolation as Köln moved closer to safety
Goals from Josuha Guilavogui (l.) and Daniel Caligiuri earned Wolfsburg a 2-0 win over beleaguered Hamburger SV at the Imtech Arena
Guilavogui's first ever Bundesliga goal put the Wolves in front after just ten minutes in Hamburg
Peter Knäbel's side looked vulnerable in defence and struggled to fashion any clear-cut goalscoring opportunities of their own
Caligiuri (r.) doubled the visitors advantage late on after some neat interplay with lone striker Bas Dost...
...leaving former Wolf Ivica Olic (r.) and his Wolfsburg colleagues in 17th place in the Bundesliga standings
A Robert Lewandowski (l.) brace and another goal from Thomas Müller sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory for FC Bayern München against Eintracht Frankfurt
On the occasion of his 24th birthday, Bayern were able to name Spanish midfielder Thiago (.) in their starting line-up for the first time in over a year following his recovery from injury
After a cagey opening to the game, Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in spectacular fashion with a rocket of a volley that flew onto the top corner...
...and the Polish international doubled his personal tally for the afternoon in the second half with a close-range header
Müller sealed the points for Pep Guardiola's side eight minutes from time when he turned and fired into the unguarded net from close range
Borussia Mönchengladbach cemented their place in the top three of the Bundesliga with an impressive 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund
Oscar Wendt got the party started for Gladbach inside the first 30 seconds with a lashed effort into the back of Roman Weidenfeller's net
Dortmund were the team dominating possession but they fell two goals down soon afterwards after Patrick Herrmann tore through the defence to set up Raffael (r.) for an easy tap-in
BVB's fate was more or less sealed midway through the second half when Havard Nordtveit pounced on some lax defending to smash home a third from close range
Ilkay Gündogan pulled on back for BVB, but it was too little, too late as Gladbach remain on course for automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League, while Dortmund's league season may already be over
Bayer 04 Leverkusen moved ten points clear of fifth-place FC Schalke 04 with a 3-2 victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the Coface Arena
Heung-Min Son repaid the faith shown in him by coach Roger Schmidt by scoring the opener with a left-footed volley from Hakan Calhanoglu's perfect cross
After the break, Stefan Kießling (pictured) scored for the second game in a row with a smart finish through the goalkeeper's legs, before Hakan Calhanoglu extended
Two late Ja-Cheol Koo penalties gave Mainz hope, but the visitors held on to secure the three points
FC Schalke 04's Champions League hopes are dangling by a threat after the Royal Blues were held to a goalless draw by SC Freiburg at the Veltins Arena
After an uneventful first half, Julian Schuster spurned a golden opportunity to give Freiburg the lead when he blasted his spot-kick over the crossbar
Max Meyer (c.) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting went close to a breakthrough for Roberto Di Matteo's troops after the interval...
...but Roman Bürki (c.) came to Freiburg's rescue with two outstanding saves
SC Paderborn 07 scored their first goals since Matchday 21 as Andre Breitenreiter's side beat FC Augsburg 2-1 at the Benteler-Arena
Elias Kachunga (2nd r.) gave the East Westphalians the lead three minutes into the second half...
...but FC Bayern loanee Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg equalised for the Bavarians just three minutes later
However, a fine header by Srdjan Lakic on the hour mark handed Paderborn a much-needed victory which boosts their chances of preserving their Bundesliga status for another season
Struggling Hannover 96 are still searching for their first victory of 2015 after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hertha Berlin at the HDI Arena
Hiroshi Kiyotake (r.) and Co. quickly gained a stranglehold on possession, but goalscoring opportunities were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes
Berlin offered little as an attacking threat, despite John Anthony Brooks' first-half header being ruled out for offside
Christian Schulz (hidden behind Lars Stindl, No10) thought he had won it for Hannover when he opened the scoring 15 minutes from time...
...but Valentin Stocker equalised eight minutes later to secure an important point for the Old Lady and extend