Corentin Tolisso has scored his second goal in two games to help Bayern Munich re-establish their six-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga after a 4-1 win at Hertha Berlin.
The France midfielder, normally a substitute for Bayern after years of average displays, netted with a diving header on 25 minutes amid poor Hertha defending on Sunday.
Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry were later on the scoresheet as Bayern cruised home on a rare day when their master scorer Thomas Lewandowski drew a blank.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund had won 3-2 at Hoffenheim on Saturday to put the champions under pressure but 13th-placed Hertha were no match for side targeting a 10th straight title.
"We played well. We were excited for the game as we knew what it meant," vice captain Muller told DAZN.
"What was great was that you didn't just hear me on the pitch today. Others made themselves heard."
RB Leipzig continued their late bid for a Champions League spot with a 2-0 home win over Wolfsburg, who suffered a seventh defeat in eight games.
Last term's runners-up Leipzig won their third straight league game to move up to sixth, three points off the top four, after Willi Orban headed home on 76 minutes and Josko Gvardiol made the game safe.
Leipzig had their worst start to a Bundesliga season under the sacked Jesse Marsch but new coach Domenico Tedesco appears to be making a big difference.
The same cannot be said for 15th-placed Wolfsburg, with the decision to replace Mark van Bommel with Florian Kohfeldt in October not working out. The Wolves are now just three points above the automatic drop zone.
In Berlin's match of the day, Bayern never looked in danger of not picking up the three points.
Tolisso was offside with an early effort but soon added to his goal in last weekend's 4-0 win at Cologne.
The 27-year-old, who has struggled to convince in a Bayern shirt after joining from Lyon in 2017, again took advantage of Leon Goretzka being out by heading in Kingsley Coman's cross.
Lewandowski, again named FIFA Best men's player of the year on Monday, had won the ball back to tee up Coman's cross and had his usual burst of chances.
Muller later diverted in Joshua Kimmich's free-kick with his studs just before the break and Sane and Gnabry scored in the second half before Jurgen Ekkelenkamp netted a consolation.
Hertha, whose fans protested against recent displays at a closed training session on Saturday, failed to win for a fourth straight game, including the midweek German Cup defeat by rivals Union Berlin.
Australian Associated Press