Mirko Slomka celebrated an ideal start to life as coach of Hamburg with a 3-0 German Bundesliga win over Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund showed little resistance at the HSV-Arena as Slomka - in charge for just five days - dramatically altered the mental state of his relegation-troubled players.
Elsewhere at the bottom, Nurnberg continued their climb away from danger with a 2-1 win over bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig.
Rafael Schafer saved two penalties as the hosts came from behind to win with ten men, missing a spot-kick of their own in a dramatic battle at the Frankenstadion.
Per Nilsson was given his marching orders minutes before Dominik Kumbela put Braunschweig ahead.
Kumbela was then denied a second from the spot by Schafer before two goals in as many minutes at the start of the second half from Hiroshi Kiyotake and Tomas Pekhart turned things around.
Stuttgart slipped closer to the relegation zone after losing a sixth game in a row, Hertha Berlin winning 2-1 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Levan Kobiashvili gave Jos Luhukay's men the lead in the fifth minute before Arthur Boka levelled on the stroke of half-time.
Sandro Wagner clinched a 2-1 victory for the capital club in the 87th minute before picking up a red card, the only blot on the day for Hertha Berlin in Baden-Wurttemberg.
Augsburg fight back at Freiburg
Freiburg threw away a 2-1 lead with just over ten minutes to go to lose 4-2 at home to Augsburg and see their relegation worries deepen.
Tobias Werner gave Augsburg the lead early on, but Jonathan Schmid and Admir Mehmedi turned things around to put Christian Streich's men on course for a much-needed win.
They failed to go the distance, though, with Paul Verhaegh, Halil Altintop and Andre Hahn scoring late on to earn Augsburg all three points and take them to within a point of the top six.
Hoffenheim recovered from two goals down to leave Borussia Monchengladbach still waiting for their first win of 2014 after a 2-2 draw at the Borussia Park Stadion.
The Foals led 2-0 at half-time with goals from Patrick Herrmann and Tony Jantschke. However, they were denied victory by efforts from Roberto Firmino and Sejad Salihovic.
In the late kick-off, Wolfsburg boosted their chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen, who end a dismal week on a low note.
Bas Dost gave the Wolves the lead, but Sidney Sam levelled for Leverkusen on the stroke of half-time.
However, the hosts were not to be denied and Luiz Gustavo and Ricardo Rodriguez struck to take Wolfsburg to within two points of fourth-placed Schalke.
They are also now only four points adrift of Leverkusen, who cling on to second place after Dortmund's defeat.
Leverkusen came into the game having lost in the DFB-Pokal to Kaiserslautern, 2-1 to Schalke in the Bundesliga and 4-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in the past ten days.