BVB Dortmund winger Marco Reus was happy to get back on the scoresheet in their 3-1 win over a determined Werder Bremen side on Saturday.
Despite playing at home Die Werderaner were happy to sit back and play on the counter-attack, meaning there was little space for Dortmund's front men to exploit.
"The first half was tough. Werder sat back and made it tough for us. After the break we controlled the game a bit more and they had to come out to try and get something from the game. This meant gaps opened up and we had more chances. We deserved the win," Reus told the official DFB website.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich only managed a draw against Frankfurt on Friday night, dropping points for the first time this season and allowing Dortmund to make up a bit of ground.
"It was a nice early Christmas present from them! However, in all seriousness, the game showed just how difficult it can be to play teams who sit back. You have to work hard to find the gaps. Bayern struggled to do that on Friday, thankfully we fared a bit better in Bremen yesterday," he added.
"We're focused mainly on ourselves, though. We're playing well at the minute and can't afford to get too concerned with how they're doing."
Their next assignment is against FC Qabala in the Europa League on Thursday and Reus revealed they are taking the competition very seriously.
"We play FC Qäbälä in the Europa League before [the next league game]. Regardless of what the supporters are thinking about, our focus is Thursday's match. We're not in the Europa League to make up the numbers, we want to win in Azerbaijan. We'll only start thinking about Schalke on Friday," he explained.