Kaiserslautern coach Marco Kurz insisted his side were still not safe despite breaking through the 40-point barrier. A 2-0 win at home to St Pauli last night all but condemned their opponents to relegation from the Bundesliga and took them six points clear of the bottom three.
But Kurz claimed their top-flight place was still not secure. "I will accept the congratulations for our win, but not for staying up," he said.
"I am convinced about the quality in this side and we are heading in the right direction. For Kaiserslautern to have 40 points is exceptional and I don't think many people would have expected this from us, but we are not safe yet."
St Pauli can still get out of trouble, but director of sport Helmut Schulte admitted they need a "miracle". "If the results are not right, then you have got to deal with being one division lower," he said. "We would need a miracle now to stay up, but even a miracle looks unlikely."