Kruse was on the scoresheet at the Borussia Park to ensure that Gladbach will play in the UEFA Europa League next season and reflected afterwards on an important win and a "lovely send-off" for his Germany international team-mate.
bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match-reaction...
Max Kruse: The only thing that mattered today was that we won the game. The goal we conceded was needless but luckily we managed to make the most of our chances and end up winning it. It was also great that we could give Marc this lovely send-off. Now we have it in our hands to finish fifth if we can beat Wolfsburg.
Christoph Kramer: We can't finish any lower than sixth and at the end of the day that's fantastic. This is a really competitive league and we have 55 points now. It's a bit frustrating that all the teams above us won but we're really happy with what we've achieved. Marc had another sensational game today and I'm glad we could give him such a great send-off.
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Maxim Choupo-Moting: It's a tough defeat because it was an even game and we didn't give them that many chances. When it went to 2-0 we had to open up a bit more, and they're a strong team on the break. We just have to keep looking forward.
Niko Bungert: We played well and it didn't feel like we had done much wrong in the game. It's always so difficult to play here and you saw how much quality they have in their team, but I don't think we deserved to lose by two goals.
You can relive ter Stegen's emotional farewell courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.