An eight-minute Pierre-Michel Lasogga hat-trick gave Bert van Marwijk his first win as Hamburg coach as his side beat Nuremberg 5-0.
Former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart put the visitors in front in the 17th minute with a sumblime volley following a teasing ball from Heiko Westermann before Lasogga scored three goals in quick succession to guarantee the win.
The striker first raced clear to prod the ball home and then doubled his tally when he got on the end of Van der Vaart’s corner.
His third came just five minutes later when his shot hit the post and found the back of the net.
With the game over, Tolgay Arslan took full advantage of Nuremberg’s lack of concentration to lob Raphael Schafer in the 74th minute and add the fifth.
The win lifts Hamburg out of the bottom three as they ended a run of three games without a win.
Meanwhile, Freiburg lifted themselves off the bottom of the league on goal difference thanks to a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Nicolas Hofler came to the home side’s rescue with five minutes left as his late strike cancelled out Christian Gunter’s 64th-minute own goal.
Hofler stepped off the bench to earn a point for the second time this season, after his goal had stunned Bayern Munich back in August.
The midfielder converted a close-range header on this occasion, although Freiburg’s good work was almost undone when Frankfurt’s Srdjan Lakic missed two good chances in the closing minutes.
The visitors ultimately had to hang on, though, as they ended the game with 10 men after substitute Johannes Flum was dismissed in the final minute for a second bookable offence following a fracas.