Werder Bremen tasted victory for the first time in seven matches in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 away triumph over Freiburg on Sunday.
The win moved Thomas Schaaf’s men three points clear of the relegation zone, a necessary boost to aid last season’s third-placed side.
Sandro Wagner put the visitors ahead at the badenova-Stadion in the 13th minute, but Freiburg were level four minutes after half-time when Papiss Cisse converted a penalty.
Super substitute Marko Marin then set up Claudio Pizarro to score and put Bremen ahead, before Marin himself netted in the 90th minute to top off the victory.
It was Freiburg’s second consecutive loss, and they remain in eighth place on 37 points.
Mainz claimed fourth spot on the table with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over seventh-placed Hamburg at Imtech Arena.
Marcell Jansen put the hosts ahead after 17 minutes, and Hamburg maintained their lead to the break.
Andre Schurrle equalised for Mainz early in the second half, but a quick reply saw Hamburg back in front via Mladen Petric.
But a near immediate equaliser came in an unlikely source for Mainz, when Hamburg midfielder Gojko Kacar conceded an own goal in the 61st minute.
It was Schurrle who fired the winner for the visitors in the 82nd minute, before Florian Heller made sure of the points with a goal six minutes later.
Mainz moved six points clear on the table of their Sunday opponents, and are four points from third-placed Hannover and a Champions League spot for next season.