Bayern Munich bounced back from their midweek UEFA Champions League defeat in Belarus as France star Franck Ribery scored both goals in their 2-0 win at home to Hoffenheim.
Having lost 3-1 to BATE Borisov in Minsk on Tuesday, their first defeat in ten competitive games this season, Bayern enjoyed a comforable win at the Allianz Arena with their seventh straight domestic league victory.
Seven straight wins for Bayern
With second-placed Eintracht Frankfurt at Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday, Bayern took the chance to go five points clear at the top of the table. Ribery opened the scoring on 19 minutes after Thomas Muller's pass down the left.
The Frenchman beat Hoffenheim defender Andreas Beck and fired the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Koen Casteels from inside the penalty area.
Then after some good build-up play between striker Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Toni Kroos, Ribery was the fastest to react and beat Casteels again on 47 minutes. "The team played very smart, we were very clever," said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.
"Ribery was outstanding, not only because of the two goals, but because he has also back-tracked and won balls for us in defence. If the whole team puts in work like that, then we are right where I want to be."
There was no happy return to Gelsenkirchen for Wolfsburg's ex-Schalke coach Felix Magath as the Royal Blues enjoyed a 3-0 win. Magath spent two years at Schalke before he was sacked in February 2011, when he returned to Wolfsburg.
Magath's team were well beaten at Gelsenkirchen's Veltins Arena thanks to goals by Peru forward Jefferson Farfan, Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay and midfielder Roman Neustadter.
It was Wolves' sixth game without a win and their third straight defeat to leave Magath's team second from bottom, while Schalke move up to third.
"We only fought for the first 45 minutes, then we gave the points away," said Magath. "At 2-0 down, the game was over as a contest. We were clearly inferior at that point, but at the moment we haven't got the morale to come back."
"We made life hard for ourselves in the first half, but the turning point was the second goal," said Schalke coach Huub Stevens.
Son strikes for Hamburg
Hamburg continued their rise up the table with a 1-0 victory at Bavarian side Greuther Furth thanks to Korea Republic striker Son Heungmin's first-half goal.
Since signing Rafael van der Vaart from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, Hamburg are undefeated in their last four games and the win in Bavaria leaves Thorsten Fink's team a healthy eighth.
Mainz enjoyed a 1-0 win at home to Fortuna Dusseldorf, whose goalkeeper Fabian Giefer is making a name for himself having conceded just three goals in seven games this season.
Giefer was beaten by an 85th-minute header from FYR Macedonia midfielder Nikolce Noveski as Dusseldorf suffered their first Bundesliga defeat since winning promotion in May.
Freiburg enjoyed their first win in four games with a 3-0 victory at home to Nurnberg. Congo DR midfielder Cedric Makiadi headed in the first goal in the opening period before the visitors' defence capitulated late on as Daniel Caligiuri converted a 92nd-minute penalty, before Marco Terrazzino netted the third, less than a minute later.