Visiting striker Änis Ben-Hatira, on the other hand, was left to rue a golden chance in the first half that, had he converted, "might have produced a completely different game".bundesliga.com rounds up the thoughts of the main protagonists...
Max Kruse: I definitely got a touch on the second goal and I'll be claiming it. I don’t know if anyone else got a touch after that, but it’s irrelevant in the context of the game. We’re just happy to have won. I said last week that the win in Dortmund was what we needed: we had to get back to winning ways. Today we’ve shown again that we can play great football and we deserve our place near the top of the table. Our aim is still to win as many games as possible.
Patrick Herrmann: There are always things to improve but at the end of the day we’re delighted to have picked up three points today. It was a similar game to the one against Dortmund. In the first half we played really well, combined superbly and scored our goals, which allowed us to save some energy in the second half. I think we’ve talked about our targets enough in recent weeks. Right now we need to concentrate on ourselves. We went through a bad spell the last time everyone got carried away, so for now we just need to focus on picking up more points.
Änis Ben-Hatira: [Conceding twice in quick succession] definitely didn’t help us and I think it was tough to take mentally. We should have scored first just before they did with the chance that I had. I’ll accept the blame for that, there’s no way I should have missed it. I think if we'd taken the lead it would have been a completely different game. Gladbach are a very strong side and took their chances really well, which is what we should have done. With a bit of luck we might have pulled one back, but looking at our first-half performance, we deserved to lose.