Jan Koller scored the only goal of the game against Wolfsburg as Nurnberg moved off the foot off the Bundesliga table.
Nurnberg began the day two points adrift of Duisburg, but are now just a point behind third from bottom Hansa Rostock after seeing off Wolfsburg.
The game was anything but a classic at the Franken Stadion, although the home fans will not care one bit.
The contest looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Koller bagged the only goal of the game in the 79th minute.
Wolfsburg threw everything forward in search of a late equaliser, but Nurnberg held on for the vital three-point haul.