Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola praised his side for adjusting to the conditions and overcoming a miserable record to beat Nurnberg 2-0 on Saturday.
The European champions had only won once at the Frankenstadion in their previous six visits, and the state of the pitch had director of sport Matthias Sammer preparing his excuses for a renewed failure in advance of the match.
However, Bayern altered tactics and deservedly triumphed - much to the joy of their coach.
"It was hard to play on this pitch," the Catalan said at the post-match press conference.
"It was particularly difficult for our short passing game, which is why we played more long ball to our super aerial players like (Mario) Mandzukic.
"Our attitude was incredible."
The win extended Bayern's unbeaten record in the Bundesliga to 45 matches and re-established their 13-point lead at the top of the table.
It also saw Philipp Lahm score his first Bundesliga goal in over a year, on his 250th appearance.
"It wasn't easy for us and we struggled to get into the game," the Bayern captain said.
"The pitch wasn't excellent, but that shouldn't be an excuse. We emerged better in the second half."