Hamburg's European ambitions were put to a halt by rampant Hannover, as Furth hold Leverkusen to a draw, and Augsburg leapfrogged Hoffenheim in the relegation battle
Eintracht Frankfurt kept up their pursuit of a Champions League place by holding fellow top-four hopefuls Freiburg to a 0-0 draw at the Mage Solar Stadion.
The visitors approached the encounter with a fighting mentality, constantly trying to apply pressure to the opposing defence in the first half.
Midfielder Stefan Aigner created a promising counter in the 17th minute by outrunning defender Fallou Diagne, but his forceful strike from just outside the penalty area closely missed the target.
In the middle of the second half, Christian Streich's men recorded a huge opportunity. Matthias Ginter headed a cross from the left towards the left-hand side of Kevin Trapp's box, but Stefano Celozzi did well to clear the dangerous-looking effort on the line.
Freiburg certainly turned the momentum in their favour during the second half, but altogether, the teams were on an even level this evening and both rightfully grabbed a point.
STUTTGART 1-1 NURNBERG
Odds were even at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday, as Nurnberg held Stuttgart to a 1-1 draw in this mid-table clash.
Bruno Labbadia's men dominated the first half of the match and did well to push the visitors into defending, but could not make their chances pay.
Finally, it was Ibrahima Traore who gave Die Schwaben the lead in the 51th minute. A clearance by goalkeeper Raphael Schafer flew towards the Guinea international, who then brilliantly volleyed it into the net from the right.
Der Club gave their response in the 77th minute. An attack by the visitors saw Markus Feulner run towards the target with the ball from the half-right, and the midfielder then excellently toe-punted it into the long corner of the box, past a helpless Sven Ulreich.
The draw results in Stuttgart retaining their position in the middle of the table, while Nurnberg deservedly grabbed an invaluable point amid their hopes of staying clear of the drop-zone.
AUGSBURG 2-1 HOFFENHEIM
Augsburg's South Korean duo excelled in a crucial 2-1 relegation battle victory over Hoffenheim at the SGL Arena.
The hosts were off to a slow start and it was not until the stroke of half-time when the deadlock was finally broken. Dong-Won Ji broke away from the visitor's defence and heaved a cross by left-back Matthias Ostrzolek right into the left corner of the box.
In the 79th minute the Bavarians extended their lead. Sascha Molders ran towards the left side of the penalty area as he picked up a fine through-ball by Jae-Cheol Koo. He was able to place the ball into the top right corner.
The guests got one back in the dying minutes of the match. Joselu got hold of the ball in the opoosition's penalty area and crossed for former Borussia Monchengladbach striker Igor De Camargo, who put it past Mohamed Amsif.
With the result, the Bavarians leapfrogged the troubled Kraichgau side, who know are sitting 17th in Bundesliga, a mere 11 points short of safety.
HANNOVER 5-1 HAMBURG
In the Nordderby, Hannover underlined their ambitions of securing European football next term by trashing Hamburg 5-1 at the AWD-Arena.
Mirko Slomka's men opened scoring in the seventh minute, after Rene Adler failed to disarm an indirect free-kick by Szabolcs Huszti, enabling striker Mame Diouf to head home.
Shortly after the visitors were awarded a penalty. Rafael van der Vaart stepped up and duped Ron-Robert Zieler, slotting low into the corner.
In the 39th minute, Huszti had a penalty of his own. The Hungary international blasted the ball into the corner of Adler's goal, but injured himself in the process, and had to be substituted.
On the stroke of half-time, Didier Ya Konan's picked up a misdirected safe from Heiko Westermann, and the Ivory Coast international stunningly half-volleyed the rebound into the net from 25 yards out.
Later, a cross by Konstantin Rausch from the left flank slipped through Adler's hands, much to the excitement of Ya Konan, who was lurking near the far post and was able to bag his second.
Finally, Mohammed Abdellaoue got himself on the scoresheet, as he accurately placed a strike into the right-hand corner after picking up a through-ball.
MAINZ 1-1 WOLFSBURG
Ten-man Wolfsburg grabbed an invaluable away point, drawing 1-1 with Mainz at the Coface Arena.
Swiss shot-stopper Diego Benaglio gifted Adam Szalai a chance with a misplaced pass, and although his first attempt was blocked, the former Real Madrid Castilla striker, passed the rebound to free-roaming Nikki Zimling, who nutmegged Benaglio for the lead.
The visitors soon got their equaliser, however. Naldo made use of poor positioning from the hosts' defence, as he headed the ball in from close range after a brilliant cross by Jan Polak.
An incident in the 30th minute left Dieter Hecking's selection with 10 men on the pitch. Alexander Madlung grabbed Nicolai Muller's shirt 30 yards in front of Benaglio's box, leading into the centre-back's dismissal.
SCHALKE 2-1 FORTUNA DUSSELDORF
Defender Joel Matip inspired Schalke's return to their winning ways with a double in their 2-1 derby win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Die Knappen were pushing for success early on. In the 29th minute, Jermaine Jones laid on to Matip via header, and the Cameroon international gave his side the lead by working the ball into the back of the net with his knee.
However, Dusseldorf got one back in the beginning of the second half. During a quick counter, Andreas Lambertz nutmegged Sead Kolasinac, and midfielder Axel Bellinghausen prevailed against Timo Hildebrand by turning the pass into the equaliser.
Ten minutes before the final whistle, it was Matip who gave his team the lead again. The Bochum-born player intercepted a shot by Michel Bastos aimed towards the danger zone, and calmly turned around with the ball before heaving it over Fabian Giefer.
GREUTHER FURTH 0-0 BAYER LEVERKUSEN
Basement boys Greuther Furth prevented Bayer Leverkusen from overtaking Borussia Dortmund at the Trolli Arena.
The hosts' first big chance was created by 19-year-old Bundesliga debutant Johannes Geis, whose cross was met by the head of Mergim Mavraj, but his effort was cleared on the line by Gonzalo Castro.
Before half-time, Stefan Kiessling got hold of the ball within the penalty box and shotstraight at Wolfgang Hesl, who cleared into the direction of Andre Schurrle. But the following attempt by the Germany international to chip the ball in was headed to safety by Geis.