SV Werder Bremen did not do things the easy way in 2015/16, but a roller-coaster campaign did at least have a happy ending.
Season in a nutshell
After finishing tenth in 2014/15, Bremen head coach Viktor Skripnik asked only for a season of consolidation. He did not get his wish, however, with the Green-Whites avoiding the relegation play-offs thanks to a dramatic win over Eintracht Frankfurt on the final day.
Top three games
MD34: SV Werder Bremen 1-0 Eintracht
Needing a win to overtake Frankfurt and avoid the relegation play-offs, Bremen's luck looked to have run out when Chelsea FC loanee Papy Djilobodji came up trumps with the winning goal two minutes from normal time to spark wild scenes at the Weser Stadium and keep Werder in the Bundesliga safe house for another season.
MD22: SV Werder Bremen 6-2 VfB Stuttgart
In the Bundesliga's first Monday night game in over 16 years, Bremen gave themselves every chance of beating the drop thanks to a crushing win that lifted them out of the bottom three for the first time since Matchday 28.
MD24: Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-4 SV Werder Bremen
Pizarro became the oldest player in Bundesliga history to score a hat-trick as Bremen chalked up their biggest away win of the season in Leverkusen.
Bremen might not be where they are today without the goals of Pizarro. The 37-year-old scored some crucial goals after returning to the banks of the Weser for the third time last summer, and is now the club's leading Bundesliga marksman (103), as well as the Bundesliga's most prolific non-German and the division's fifth-highest goalscorer in history (190).