Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens warned his team not to think they were safe yet despite giving their Bundesliga survival hopes a big boost on Sunday with a 3-1 home win over Schalke.
Two goals from Martin Harnik and Cacau's first goal of the season - coupled with defeats for Hamburg and Nurnberg this weekend - saw Stevens' side move four points clear of the bottom three with three games of the campaign left.
Adam Szalai scored one and had a further goal ruled out as the Royal Blues slipped up, but they remained in third place with a four-point advantage over Bayer Leverkusen in the battle for a place in the group stage of the Champions League next term.
"We were a bit lucky to take the lead from the free-kick and, even after that, it was clear to see that there is still an amount of insecurity within the side," Stevens said on www.vfb.de. "That became very noticeable after Schalke made it 1-3. I really don't know what would have happened if the goal to make it 2-3 had been allowed to stand.
"I really have to praise the spirit we have within the team - that earned us the three points here. It was another step in the right direction, but no more than that. We have three more 'finals' ahead of us."