Maximilian Eggestein celebrates wrapping up the victory with a late goal for Werder Bremen against Cologne on Monday night. Photo: Focke Strangmann/EPA

BERLIN – Werder Bremen earned three crucial points in the fight against relegation on Monday with a 3-1 victory at home over Cologne.

Milos Veljkovic put the home side ahead after 33 minutes.

Cologne levelled the game 1-1 after 53 minutes through Yuya Osako.

But Bremen regained the lead with Milot Rashica’s goal in the 58th, and Maximilian Eggestein ended all doubts with the final tally in the 90th minute.

Bremen have now collected three victories and a draw in the last five matches to move to 13th place with 30 points – five clear of the relegation playoff ranks.

“We are really excited about the victory. We saw we had a chance against this opponent. We worked hard and we got an important victory,” said Bremen midfielder Florian Kainz.

“We know we are in the middle of the relegation fight, and there is no reason for us to relax. But this is an important step for us.”

Cologne have just one win in the last seven games and remained in last place with 17 points.

“We scored a good goal and then as is our problem we concede another goal five minutes later,” Cologne keeper Timo Horn said.

“We still have eight matches and we need eight points. Next up is a derby against a tough team with Bayer Leverkusen. Nobody thinks we have a chance but we also have victories like the one against Leipzig.”