After comfortably seeing off Belgian champions KAA Gent over two legs, VfL Wolfsburg had more than just a place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League to celebrate.
"We just love to play together," Schürrle told the press after netting the only goal of the night at the Volkswagen Area on Tuesday to wrap up a 4-2 aggregate win. "There's definitely room for improvement, but we understand each other well."
'We really need Andre'
Schürrle's 74th-minute strike certainly attests to that. With the tireless Kruse acting as the decoy, the Germany international was able to find the space to put the finishing touch on a superb run and cross from the ever-improving Draxler. It was his fourth goal in a week that has yielded three successive wins in all competitions.
"I'm just delighted for him," Wolfsburg head coach Dieter Hecking said of the in-form Schürrle. "He's had his critics and justifiably so, but he's always believed in his strengths. We really need Andre."
'Julian did brilliantly'
Of equal importance to the Wolfsburg cause is Draxler. The 22-year-old put in yet another man-of-the-match performance in midweek, despite playing through niggling knee pain, and has now had a direct hand in six of the Wolves' last ten goals (four goals and two assists) in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
"Julian did brilliantly for the opener," Schürrle recalled. "He had a massive say in the goal because he did so well in the build-up. He put it on a plate for me. It's done me good, too. It's already going really well for us."
Kruse demands more of the same
Wolfsburg's form curve has, however, not always been so encouraging. Last season's Bundesliga runners-up ended the calendar year in seventh place and, until last week's 4-0 Lower Saxony derby rout of Hannover 96, had won only once on their travels in 2015/16. Now, it would appear, they are firmly back on track.
"It's been going so much better than in the last few months," Kruse admitted, himself on the scoresheet in the 2-1 win over former club Borussia Mönchengladbach at the weekend. "We've got a lot of catching up to do in the Bundesliga and we cannot afford to let-up."
Nothing to fear
With four points to make up on the Bundesliga's four allotted Champions League qualification places and a big-name opponent lying in wait the last eight of the competition itself, Kruse is not exaggerating. The 27-year-old says he would rather avoid an all-Bundesliga clash with FC Bayern München, while Draxler and Schürrle quite like the prospect of facing FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC respectively.
Regardless of whether Wolfsburg are paired with a familiar face, European powerhouse or dark horse when the quarter-final draw is made on 18 March, their spell-binding magische Dreieck have more than enough quality to put the frighteners up the meanest defences the 2015/16 Champions League has to offer.