Bayern Munich defender Daniel van Buyten scored two minutes from time to give his team a 2-1 win over visitors Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and lift them to fifth place in the standings.
Alexander Meier put the visitors in front on the hour mark, but Arjen Robben equalised for Bayern within ten minutes. And Van Buyten saved the home side from more angry whistles from their own fans with a winner two minutes from time.
Hoffenheim remain undefeated at home this season and ended a two-game losing run with a comfortable victory over Nurnberg.
Christian Eichner and Vedad Ibisevic scored within four minutes of each other to give Hoffenheim a two-goal lead after 38 minutes, and then Franco Zuculini made it 3-0 in the 64th minute. The victory pushed Ralf Rangnick's Hoffenheim into the Europa League spots with 17 points for sixth place.
Mainz easily beat Freiburg 3-0 in a battle of the Bundesliga's promoted sides.
Andreas Ivanschitz opened the scoring in the 24th minute, and captain Tim Hoogland struck in the 50th and 85th minutes to give Mainz the points to see them move up to seventh.
A solitary goal by Didier Konan was enough to lead Hannover 96 to victory over Stuttgart , the goal coming after 31 minutes.
Borussia Moenchengladbach snapped a five-game losing streak but could only gain one point in a scoreless draw at home against arch rivals Cologne.