Jefferson Farfan scored one goal and set up another as Schalke won 4-2 at home against Freiburg on the debut of interim head coach Josef Eichkorn.
Papiss Demba Cisse gave Freiburg the lead after two minutes before Farfan equalised in the 33rd minute. Klaas Jan Huntelaar put Schalke ahead after 62 minutes and Lewis Holtby made it 3-1 in the 67th minute, before Raul pushed the advantage to 4-1 with a quarter of an hour remaining. Erik Jendrisek pulled a goal back for Freiburg in the 83rd minute.
The victory came just days after Eichkorn replaced Ralf Rangnick, who stepped down from his post as Schalke coach. Schalke improved to 12 points after ending a two-game losing streak while Freiburg remain on just four points.
Freiburg jumped ahead after just two minutes following a poor attempted clearance by Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, whose pass went directly to Anton Putsila and the Belarus native headed into the run of Cisse, who scored his sixth goal of the season. Cisse found the back of the net again in the 13th minute but was ruled offside.
Farfan begins comeback
Schalke equalised after 33 minutes, with Christian Fuchs sending a long ball down the left wing to Raul, whose looping shot was headed in by Farfan after he beat Freiburg's Felix Bastians to the ball.
Cisse again caused problems in the Schalke defence five minutes after the break but Fahrmann fended away the Senegalese's shot. Schalke grabbed the lead after 62 minutes, with Atsuto Uchida's cross from the right side being headed in from ten yards out by Huntelaar.
The advantage was 3-1 just five minutes later as Farfan's blast was stopped by Freiburg keeper Oliver Baumann, but the ball went directly to Holtby, who struck home the rebound on the volley.
Schalke increased the gap to three goals with 15 minutes to play as Jose Manuel Jurado played a beautiful ball over the Freiburg defence to Raul, who chested the ball down and blasted past Baumann. Jendrisek pulled a goal back with seven minutes remaining for Freiburg.