Dutch international Wout Weghorst topped the winning goal with eight remaining minutes to take his team to sixth place and finish second in the European League qualifiers, the twelfth of the season.
Quite the contrary, the deteriorating side of Florian Kohfeldt is second from the bottom, six points of automatic safety and three points of retreat, with only four matches remaining.
Since the creation of the German Bundesliga in 1963, Werder has been at the forefront of the German Bundesliga 55 years ago, and was excluded only in 1980 before going back straight into the following season.
But the double winners of the 2003/2004 season have struggled in recent years and its form has been weak since the resumption of the current campaign, losing two consecutive games at home.
A visit to the bottom side of Paderborn next weekend and a collision with relegation Mainz could be decisive, but Werder must also face Bayern in two weeks in a match that could see Bayern seal the eighth crown in a row in the Bundesliga.
“The last two defeats at home have been very disappointing. We have to win next week. We will fight to the end,” Werder captain Niklas Moizander said on social media.
Before the match started, the two teams had gathered around the central circle at the Weser Stadium before falling in one knee, repeating a gesture of Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin players on Saturday.
1-1 later draw at home with Union Berlin against Schalke did not help Werder’s case.
Etihad was the heavyweight candidate to be eliminated before the start of the season, but he pulled seven points from Werder with a precious tie in the capital.
Schalke 04, with just one point out of 15 since resuming work in the Bundesliga, followed him to Robert Andritsch’s opening editorial in the 11th minute, but at least he snatched a point through a strike in the 28th minute from Jongo Kenny, who is on loan from English Premier League team Everton.
Echoing pre-match actions in the previous game, both teams also focused on his knee in a gesture against racism first made by American football player Colin Kaybernick in 2016.