Thomas Muller believes Bayern Munich showed a different side to their game as the Bundesliga champions extended their lead at the top to 11 points with a 1-0 win over Stuttgart.
Muller's 79th-minute effort proved enough for Bayern to claim all three points from a dramatic encounter, with goalkeeper Sven Ulreich pulling off a stoppage-time penalty save to deny his former a club a share of the spoils.
The victory puts Bayern further into the distance at the Bundesliga summit heading into the mid-season break, with the DFB-Pokal third-round clash with Borussia Dortmund their final match of 2017.
And Muller, who replaced Corentin Tolisso in the 65th minute, says the triumph displayed Bayern's grit under Jupp Heynckes.
"Stuttgart played unpleasantly, man against man almost all over the place," Muller is quoted as saying by Bayern's official website.
"We did well against it. We are happy about the 1-0, they had the penalty in the last second, but of course we should have made it 2-0 before then.
"Now we have won 1-0 three times in a row. It's not like we are playing brilliantly, but we have the quality and the cleverness to get results, even when things are not going so well."
Bayern boss Heynckes saw his side create plenty of chances at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, though it was not until late that Muller found a way past Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
The defeat leaves Stuttgart 14th, two points above the relegation play-off place, and the Bavarian giants' coach was relieved to have come through a difficult fixture with all three points.
"The game had all the ingredients, it was very interesting, intense and dramatic," Heynckes said.
"Both teams have played great. I cannot understand why Stuttgart do not have more points.
"Now the players have to recover and get their heads free, then I'm confident that we can beat Borussia Dortmund."
|Bottas aiming to overthrow Hamilton and claim world title|
|Rakitic to make comeback following finger surgery|
|FIFA dismisses Brewster racism complaint from U-17 World Cup final|
|Isak could benefit from Batshuayi injury - Stoger|
|Mitchell on target again in scrappy Roosters win|
|Shaw hopes to have earned FA Cup start|
|Mercado: If I smack Messi, I can´t go back to Argentina!|
|Salah wants Golden Boot to prove Chelsea doubters wrong|
|Chelsea´s Alonso gets three-game ban for Long challenge|
|Atletico clash absolutely vital to Arsenal´s season, admits Wenger|
|CSA wants interim agreement amid negotiations with South Africa players|
|Wenger still confident Wilshere will sign new deal|
|Read and Coles doubts for New Zealand´s France series|
|Paine vows to dial down Australia sledging|
|LeBron James denies he was blindsided by question on Popovich´s wife|
|Guardiola a friend as well as a boss, says Walker|
|Heaton: Europe a realistic possibility for Burnley|
|Late charge for the Golden Boot! - Smalling jokes about goalscoring form|
|Grand slams, walk-off hits highlight Blue Jays and Red Sox wins|
|Emery unsure when PSG star Neymar will return|
|Broncos boss Bennett walks out on press conference amid Bellamy speculation|
|Chiefs, Rams to play in Mexico City on November 19|
|LeBron James helps Cavs even series, Rockets rout T-Wolves|
|Marcelo backs Ronaldo to extend scoring run for Madrid|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Libertad preserve 100 per cent record, Corinthians stay unbeaten|
|Man United should have 10 more points – Mourinho laments inconsistency|
|Gombau sacked by Western Sydney Wanderers|
|Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies|
|Rafael: Van Gaal told me I could leave United after one-minute meeting|
|Klopp told Liverpool they could train naked because of Salah|
|Jazz star Mitchell to play game two against Thunder|
|Twins place Byron Buxton on 10-day DL with migraines|
|Zidane denies Bale problems, defends Benzema|
|Sarri: Napoli won´t change approach against Serie A rivals Juve|
|PSG will respect Les Herbiers, assures Emery|
|Chelsea boss Conte: It´s easier for Dyche at Burnley|
|It will be a great game - Allegri prepared for title showdown with Napoli|
|Pacquiao: Matthysse fight won´t be my last|
|Maybe it is my fault - Gattuso takes responsibility for AC Milan´s winless run|
|Kovac insists Frankfurt are united amid Bayern row|
|Not a single doubt for Madrid ahead of Bayern clash, claims Lucas|
|Gronkowski purchases stake in Kentucky Derby horse named after him|
|I was low and depressed - Hull KR centre Minns fails drugs test|
|LeBron wishes Cavaliers were better prepared for postseason|
|Sixers´ Joel Embiid doubtful for game three against Miami|
|Real Madrid 1 Athletic Bilbao 1: Kepa heroics torment Madrid until Ronaldo leveller|
|Nadal welcomes confidence-building court time|
|Mourinho salutes Pogba display|
|Caen 1 Paris Saint-Germain 3: Mbappe double keeps treble hopes alive|
|Djokovic: I´d have quit if I didn´t believe I could return to top|
|Burnley boss Dyche could manage England, says Heaton|
|Napoli 4 Udinese 2: Scudetto race alive ahead of tantalising Turin trip|
|Torino 1 AC Milan 1: Donnarumma error proves costly|
|Schalke 0 Eintracht Frankfurt 1: Kovac to face Bayern Munich in DFB-Pokal final|
|Crotone 1 Juventus 1: Nwankwo stuns Serie A leaders with spectacular equaliser|
|Bournemouth 0 Manchester United 2: Red Devils bounce back as Mourinho´s changes pay off|
|Canelo hit with six-month suspension|
|Knight Riders join Sunrisers at IPL summit|
|Bong stands by complaint despite Rodriguez racial abuse verdict|
|Martial and Darmian start as Mourinho makes seven Manchester United changes|
|Heaton relishing Burnley battle with Pope|
|Nadal and Djokovic seal Monte Carlo progression|
|Aubameyang ´wasn´t sure´ about Lacazette|
|A mid-season break in England would make a great difference, insists Conte|
|Golovkin to fight Martirosyan in Canelo absence|
|Tottenham trophies would follow FA Cup success - Vertonghen|
|If anyone can beat Real Madrid, it´s Bayern - Rummenigge|
|Barton to take charge at Fleetwood Town|
|Alaphilippe dethrones Valverde in La Fleche Wallonne|
|Nadal blasts past Bedene in Monte Carlo opener|