Schalke's caretaker coaching trio made it three wins from three with a rout of Energie Cottbus in the Bundesliga tonight.
Mike Buskens, Youri Mulder and Oliver Reck took temporary charge following the sacking of Fred Rutten three weeks ago and guided Schalke to another convincing win which lifts them to within two points of the top five in the standings.
Christian Pander and Halil Altintop put the hosts in control in the first half, and Jermaine Jones and Kevin Kuranyi added goals after the break.
Cottbus missed the chance to escape the relegation zone and they remain 17th, a point from safety and now with a worse goal difference than rock-bottom Karlsruhe.
Their leaky defence was evident as early as the fourth minute when Pander's left-footed shot from outside the box found the bottom left corner, and soon after only a fine save from Gerhard Tremmel kept out Levan Kobiashvili.
In the 23rd minute Kuranyi laid the ball off on the edge of the box to Altintop, who unleashed a low shot into the bottom right corner to double the lead.
Jefferson Farfan shot wide on the half-hour mark and Tremmel made an excellent low save to deny Vicente Sanchez just before the break.
Sanchez was off-target early in the second half, but Jones made no mistake in the 60th minute when he was put through one on one with Tremmel.
It remained one-way traffic for the rest of the game, save for Cottbus' sole chance when Dimitar Rangelov shot straight at Manuel Neuer with four minutes remaining.
There was still time for Kuranyi to add some gloss to the scoreline, the striker racing clear of the visitors' defence and finishing past Tremmel with aplomb.