Had Hamburg lost to promoted, winless Braunschweig and remained, themselves, winless heading into the international break, manager Thorsten Fink would almost certainly have lost his job.
As it turned out, the boss and his beleaguered players took their frustrations out on their guests, scoring twice on either side of the break to secure a 4-0 victory.
Rafael van der Vaart got things going after just seven minutes when he beat Braunschweig goalkeeper Daniel Davari with a left-footed shot from the centre of the 18-yard-box, and only 10 minutes later the hosts had doubled their lead thanks to Jacques Daogari, who blasted the ball into the roof of the net after accepting a pass from Maximilian Beister.
At this point Hamburg looked comfortable, but they would still have to wait until the 80th minute for their third goal and an additional element of insurance.
Once again it was Daogari involved, although this time he turned provider and fed the ball to Hakan Calhanoglu, who finished just inside the far post.
Calhanoglu completed his brace in the first minute of second-half stoppage time with an impressive free kick that found the top, left-hand corner of the goal.
Shots: Hamburg 26-17 Braunschweig
Passing: Hamburg 78%-67% Braunschweig
Possession: Hamburg 54%-46% Braunschweig