Bremen returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga as they saw off basement club FC Augsburg 2-1 at the WWK Arena on Sunday evening.
FC Augsburg 1 Bremen 2
Wiedwald denies Bobadilla early on
Pizarro gives Werder the lead
Bartels doubles their advantage
Verhaegh penalty halves deficit
Claudio Pizarro broke the deadlock just before the hour mark to mark his first goal for Werder in 18 months and Fin Bartels doubled their lead on 69 minutes with a rasping effort.
The hosts were awarded a penalty in stoppage time, which was converted by Paul Verhaegh, to give them a small glimmer of hope, but Viktor Skrypnyk's side held on for all three points.
The visitors were looking to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat to BVB Dortmund last weekend, while Markus Weinzierl's men had gone six league matches without a win.
It was FC Augsburg who created the better chances in the first half, with Raul Bobadilla testing Werder goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald after just five minutes with a strike from long range.
Dong-Won Ji then went close to opening the scoring with a shot from inside the box on the right, but Wiedwald was equal to the task yet again on 31 minutes.
Werder fashioned their first real goal-scoring opportunity five minutes later as Santiago Garcia got on the end of Zlatko Junuzovic's cross, but Marwin Hitz kept out his header.
Wiedwald ensured the scores were still tied at the break, the keeper pulling off a smart save to deny Caiuby the opener for Augsburg on 44 minutes.
However, the visitors would draw first blood after the restart through Pizarro, who turned home Garcia's cross to cap off a counter-attacking move and take his tally in the Bundesliga to 177 goals.
Nine minutes later Werder were two goals to the good, Bartels firing home from inside the area, his shot too powerful for Hitz, who got his fingertips to the ball but failed to keep it out.
The home team almost found an instant response as Bobadilla let fly from distance a minute later, but Wiedwald got down to his right to make the save. The keeper was given more work to do in the closing stages as he denied Bobadilla after the midfielder tried his luck from long range once more.
They would get on the scoresheet in stoppage time, though, when Ulisses Garcia was penalised for handball and Verhaegh stepped up to convert from the spot and set up a nervy finale, but Werder held on for all three points.