Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel urged his players to take the momentum from their mammoth 6-0 win over SV Darmstadt 98 into the rest of the season.
Despite resting key players Mario Gotze, Marc Bartra and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Dortmund ran riot against a poor Darmstadt outfit.
Gonazalo Castro (7'), Adrian Ramos and Christian Pulisic (54') had given the hosts a 3-0 lead before Darmstadt were reduced to 10 men when Peter Niemeyer was sent off for picking up a second yellow card.
The fixture went from bad to worse for the visitors as Castro added a second in the 78th minute before both Sebastien Rode (84') and Emre Mor (88') also got themselves on the scoresheet.
"That was in all areas a really well-rounded [performance]," Tuchel said after the match. "We controlled the game in every phase and therefore won deservedly.
"We had 22 shots on goal, produced many attacks, were aggressive in the last third and in front of the opposition's goal."
"Playing against a five-man defence is the most difficult [task], because you need speed and patience and also courage for one-on-ones.
"And you need players who are used to those situations and can create space. After [the sending off] there was more space and we gave our fans a nice afternoon."
"We have been the favourites twice and made the most of it, but now we have to progress," he added, referring to the fact they also beat Legia Warsaw 6-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.