Wolfsburg leapt above Schalke into fifth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday night with a 3-0 win at Freiburg which leaves Christian Streich's men inside the bottom three.
Two goals in three early first-half minutes from Maximilian Arnold and Ivica Olic effectively ended the home team's hopes as they were caught cold, with Marcel Schafer sealing the victory in the last minute.
The Wolves climb two points above Schalke and to within five of Borussia Monchengladbach, while Freiburg turn their attention to an all-or-nothing Europa League clash with Sevilla on Thursday.
Hertha Berlin moved up to seventh with a 2-0 win at Eintracht Braunschweig, thanks to an inspirational performance from playmaker Ronny.
Restored to the starting XI for the first time since the victory over Mainz at the end of September, Ronny created both goals for the Old Lady, first teeing up Adrian Ramos to give the visitors the lead in the first half.
He then played in Tolga Cigerci to make it two with 10 minutes remaining as Jos Luhukay's men took all three points and left Braunschweig rooted to the foot of the table.
Braunschweig ended the game with 10 men after Timo Perthel received a second yellow card.