DORTMUND, February 23 (Bundesliga) - Borussia Dortmund edged further away from the relegation battle with victory over Hansa Rostock.
Substitute Diego Klimowicz scored the only goal of the game in the 67th minute to give the home side three welcome points at the Westfalenstadion.
It was their second win in a row, with Thomas Doll's side rising to 11th place on 28 points as a result, seven points from a UEFA Cup spot and a commanding 11 points above the drop zone.
Rostock, who had taken points from three of their last four games going into the clash, remain in 14th spot on 21 points, four above the bottom three.
The first chance of the game fell to Dortmund in the eighth minute, Alexander Frei crossing the ball into the box for Mladen Petric, but his volley from the right side went just past the far post.
The visitors offered little in attack and did not have a real attempt until the 56th minute - and that was off target.
Christian Rahn sent a long ball over to Enrico Kern, whose blast from 16 yards flew just over the crossbar.
Dortmund were looking more and more likely to make the breakthrough and they did so in the 67th minute. Antonio Rukavina crossed from the right wing into the box and Klimowicz was there to poke home.
Rostock though nearly snatched an unlikely equaliser in the 84th minute. Rahn's 20-yard free-kick was heading into the net, but Dortmund goalkeeper Marc Ziegler managed to punch it away.