Raul scored the only goal of the game as Schalke moved up to second in the Bundesliga with a hard-fought 1-0 win at home over Borussia Monchengladbach.
The former Real Madrid striker scored his first goal since committing his future to the club in the 64th minute. Last week Raul had revealed he would see out the final year of his contract, after Schalke turned down a bid from English side Blackburn Rovers.
The Spainard's strike was enough to move Schalke level on points with Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen, while previous leaders Gladbach, who have not won at Schalke since August 1992, lost their first game of the season to drop to fifth place.
Gladbach had the first chance after eight minutes with Marco Reus passing into the middle to Juan Arango, but Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann was able to stop the Venezuelan's shot from 12 yards.
Reus then cleared Joel Matip's header off the line three minutes later following a Jefferson Farfan corner. Schalke defender Kryiakos Papadopoulos then headed just over the bar on 18 minutes.
Gladbach had another chance after 20 minutes, but Fahrmann got down quick enough to stop Mike Hanke's shot. Hanke was close to scoring two minutes before the break, but his blast from 20 yards sailed just right of the post.
Schalke had another chance six minutes after the re-start with Farfan crossing to Raul, whose shot was blocked by Tony Jantschke. However, the hosts finally grabbed the lead after 64 minutes through a determined Raul.
Farfan's cross was headed on by Papadopoulos and Klaas Jan Huntelaar before Raul's first and second shots from point-blank range were stopped by Marc Andre ter Stegen, but the Gladbach goalkeeper could not stop Raul's third attempt.
Gladbach refused to give up and Fahrmann was forced to make a nice save against Reus in the 71st and then Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida cleared a dangerous ball just in front of Reus six minutes later.
Schalke had the final chance two minutes into stoppage time, but Ciprian Marica sent Huntelaar's pass over the crossbar.