By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Felix Magath's Stuttgart side have been famed for their measly defence this season but it was the attack's turn to shine as they romped to a 4-1 triumph over Freiburg.
Kevin Kuranyi fired the hosts ahead on 34 minutes but Freiburg levelled on the stroke of half time courtesy of Ismail Coulibaly's penalty.
The match turned on the 58th minute sending off of the visitors' Andreas Zeyer and Stuttgart then scored three times in as many minutes.
Christian Tiffert put the home side back in front before quick-fire efforts from Aleksandr Hleb and Kuranyi wrapped up the win.
Bayern's indifferent form continued as they lost 2-0 at Schalke and also had Thomas Linke sent off after just 32 minutes.
Schalke forged ahead through Tomasz Hajto's 16th minute spot kick and Niels Kamphuis secured the spoils with ten minutes remaining.
Werder Bremen remain in the championship hunt after a solid display enabled them to comfortably dispose of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Ailton and Frank Baumann put Werder in control before the break, only for Andreas Reinke to set the game alight by putting through his own net, but Ivan Klasnic settled the hosts' nerves with a third goal on 71 minutes.
Wolfsburg condemned Hertha Berlin to their fifth Bundesliga defeat of the season with a convincing 3-0 home success.
Andres D'Alessandro opened the scoring on 24 minutes and a second half brace from Diego Klimowicz put the game beyond Hertha's reach.
Benjamin Lauth's hat-trick inspired 1860 Munich to come from behind on home soil against high-flying Bochum.
Vahid Hashemian put the visitors ahead on 34 minutes but a Lauth treble in the second period, including a penalty, delivered the points to 1860.
Hannover continued Cologne's current misery by clinching a late win on the road through Daniel Stendel's 80th minute goal.
Thomas Brdaric had fired Hannover in front before Matthias Scherz quickly equalised, only for Stendel to strike late on.
The battle of the basement sides ended all-square as Joakim Persson's goal for Hansa Rostock cancelled out Vaclav Sverkos's goal for Borussia Monchengladbach.