Berlin: Borussia Dortmund took a step in the right direction by climbing off the bottom of the Bundesliga following Saturday`s 3-0 win at Freiburg, coach Jurgen Klopp believes.
Gabon winger Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang scored two second-half goals to seal the win as Dortmund moved up to 16th, with Freiburg dropping to 17th, leaving both in the relegation places.
German star Marco Reus gave Dortmund an early lead before Aubemayang sealed Borussia`s first win since the start of December.
Dortmund now face mid-table Mainz and strugglers Stuttgart in the league before Italian league leaders Juventus away in the last 16 of the Champions League on February 24.
"We must keep believing things will move forward after three or four months in which they didn`t. Today was a step in the right direction," said a relieved Klopp.
"The victory doesn`t mean we will win the next four games, but we have accepted out situation."
Dortmund raised their game considerably from their poor performance in Wednesday`s 1-0 defeat at home to ten-man Augsburg.
"During the Augsburg game, the problems were mainly in our heads," said Aubemayang.
"Before the Freiburg game we were switched on and we wanted to be positive in everything we did."
The result lifted Dortmund`s spirits as much as their league status.
"Against Augsburg, a few things went wrong, but that was mainly down to a lack of confidence in our own abilities," said Klopp.
"The team wanted it, ran a lot, but weren`t rewarded.
"Things were clearly much better today, we were physically much better and also tactically.
"We took an important first step and the team worked hard for the 90 minutes.
Freiburg got off to the worst possible start when midfielder Mike Frantz played a poor back pass which was snapped up by Aubemayang.
The fleet-footed winger drew Freiburg goalkeeper Roman Buerki and squared for Reus to tap into an empty net with nine minutes gone.
Aubemayang then darted on to Ilkay Gundogan`s superb through ball and planted his shot past Buerki on 56 minutes.
His second followed on 72 minutes when he fired home after some superb passing from Dortmund`s midfield trio of Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Jakob Blaczszykowski.
But Dortmund must now prove the performance against their fellow-strugglers was no fluke when they host Mainz on Friday.
"The third goal was great to watch, because you could see the confidence returning," said Klopp.
"I`m always ready to take the plunge into something positive and we have to prove ourselves again on Friday, but this goes some way towards our recovery."