Nurnberg closed to within a point of Bayern Munich in fourth place thanks to a 1-0 win over Energie Cottbus.
Bayern have struggled since the German season resumed from its winter break and they are now in danger of being pushed down the standings as Nurnberg claimed three points at home to Cottbus thanks to Michael Beauchamp's goal 17 minutes from time.
VFL Bochum hauled themselves out of the drop zone with a 3-1 win at Arminia Bielefeld.
Theofanis Gekas proved to be the hero for Bochum as he grabbed a brace in the opening ten minutes to put Arminia on the back foot.
Artur Wichniarek reduced the arrears on 26 minutes, but the wind was taken from their sails as Christoph Dabrowski netted a third for the visitors just after the interval.