FC St. Pauli returned to third in the Bundesliga 2 standings after a deserved 2-1 win away at stuttering 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

FC St. Pauli’s momentum was checked rather abruptly by a 4-0 home defeat to 1. FC Nürnberg in their last game, but Ewald Lienen’s charges were their organised and resolute selves once more at the Fritz-Walter Stadium. Lennart Thy’s header forced Kaiserslautern’s Chris Löwe into an own goal early on, before Thy then added a crucial second with a well-placed shot just before the hour-mark.

Lautern pulled one back when Daniel Halfar’s cross evaded everyone and nestled in the corner, but Konrad Fünfstück’s team struggled to carve out any clear chances as they went in search of an equaliser. Pauli saw out the win in relative comfort and now sit third in the table. FCK, meanwhile, remain in ninth.