bundesliga.com rounds up the main talking points from the weekend...
Having played second fiddle as the 'other' Borussia in recent years, Gladbach moved out of Dortmund's shadow on Matchday 28 with a convincing 3-1 win at home to BVB to stay on course for third place. No side has collected more points in 2015 than Lucien Favre's Foals, who have only conceded six since the turn of the year - and show no sign of slowing down.
What a difference a year makes. On Matchday 31 last season, Wolfsburg beat Hamburg 3-1 away in a match that ensured the Wolves European football in 2014/15. On Saturday, Dieter Hecking's charges again beat HSV, only this time the result means they can now finish no lower than fourth place - and are therefore guaranteed a berth in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round at the very least next season.
Roberto Di Matteo's side proved their European credentials with a thrilling win away to Real Madrid last month, but the Champions League now looks a long way off for the Royal Blues. Schalke drew 0-0 at home to Freiburg on Saturday, leaving them ten points adrift of fourth place with just 18 points left to play for. Seeing as Schalke haven't scored since Matchday 25 and have collected just three points from their last four league outings, that looks like an increasingly tall order.
A bigger roar than usual went around the Benteler-Arena in the 48th minute of SC Paderborn's match at home to FC Augsburg on Saturday. The reason? Elias Kachunga had put the hosts 1-0 up, scoring the club's first goal in 598 minutes of play (almost exactly 10 hours)! It paved the way for a much-needed 2-1 victory, handing the relegation threatened side their first win since Matchday 21 - which, incidentally, was the last time they scored.
Even the most die-hard of Stuttgart supporters could have been forgiven for fearing the worst after the Swabians twice threw away the lead against Bremen on Sunday, and even had Martin Harnik sent off. However, pounced in stoppage time to secure a 3-2 win and lift Huub Stevens' men off the foot of the table for the first time since Matchday 16. Now just three points off safety, could this be the springboard VfB needed to ensure survival?