(CNN) -- Schalke coach Felix Magath hailed the club's supporters after his side claimed a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday which helped them climb up to third in the German Bundesliga.
Schalke's players applaud their supporters following a 2-0 Bundesliga victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Magath's side had endured a poor start to the season at the Arena AufSchalke having suffered defeat in their two previous matches at home.
But Schalke's supporters remained behind the Royal Blues and they were rewarded for their patience as goals from Gerald Asamoah and Jefferson Farfan gave them victory.
And Magath paid credit to the crowd of just over 61,000 for their contribution to the team's victory which pushes them into the Champions League places.
"They won this game with us," Magath told the club's Web site.
"Although we did not play such a good first half, they always supported us and played their part in these three points.
"It was to win at home at this time as it could get people talking about a home jinx and that could weaken the team."
Amaoah had opened the scoring in the 66th minute when he was able to direct his header from a Lukas Schmitz cross past Eintracht goalkeeper Jan Zimmermann.
Schalke's task was then made easier when Eintracht midfielder Pirmin Schwegler was sent off after he was shown a second yellow card in the 85th minute.
The points were made safe in added time when Zimmermann brought down Farfan inside the penalty area and the Peru striker successfully converted the resulting spot-kick.
Magath added: "We are not yet where we would like to be in our attack. Eintracht were very strong, but I am happy that our set-pieces are dangerous and that we won."
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