Hannover dedicated the 3-0 win over Bochum that kept them in the Bundesliga to their late goalkeeper Robert Enke.
Former Germany international Enke committed suicide last November after battling with depression and the tragedy took its toll on the team as they slipped down the league into the relegation zone.
However, two wins in the final two games of the season ensured survival, Saturday's win sending Bochum down, and the players remembered Enke by holding up a banner that read 'Robert R.I.P' at the end of the match.
"We have won for one man who is in heaven, and he is Robert Enke," his successor in the Hannover goal, Florian Fromlowitz, said. "I hope that I never have to experience a season like this ever again."
Fromlowitz broke down in tears at the final whistle, while the rest of the team struggled to fight them back as they celebrated in front of their own fans, who responded by calling Enke's name.
"The tears are a clear sign of how much the team misses Robert Enke," coach Mirko Slomka said. "They are tears of joy and tears of remembrance."
While Hannover were celebrating an emotional victory, Bochum were relegated back to the second division. A group of fans stormed onto the field to confront the players while missiles were thrown from the stands.
"I can understand their frustration," coach Dariusz Wosz said. "It is a catastrophe."
Wosz is unlikely to remain in charge of the club next season as an overhaul is planned to bring the club straight back into the top flight.
"We have the possibility of keeping this same squad in the second division since we have a licence to do so, but the fact is we want to go into the second division with a different team," the club's director of sport, Thomas Ernst, said.