Schalke continue winning ways
Schalke continued their winning start to 2014 by ending Hannover's own good run with a 2-0 Bundesliga victory at the Arena AufSchalke on Sunday.
Jefferson Farfan and Max Meyer scored before the break to earn the Royal Blues all three points, giving them a four-point advantage over Borussia Monchengladbach in the race for fourth.
Hannover, who had won their last two games, remain in mid-table after suffering their first defeat under new coach Tayfun Korkut.
Augsburg set a new club record of eight games unbeaten with a 4-1 win at Stuttgart which leaves Thomas Schneider's men in the thick of a relegation battle after their fourth straight defeat in 2014.
Arkadiusz Milik put the visitors in front after an even first half an hour and Andre Hahn added a second before the break.
Vedad Ibisevic was sent off for violent conduct early in the second half before Hahn added a third for the guests.
Konstantin Rausch netted a consolation before Tobias Werner completed the rout for the Bavarians, who return to within two points of the top six.