Nashville Coach Barry Trotz walked to his seat for his postgame press conference Thursday night and exhaled deeply.
"That's how I feel," Trotz said.
The Predators secured two more valuable points with a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in front of an announced sell-out of 17,113 fans at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators moved up to 90 points and improved their playoff standing against a team that is chasing them. But Trotz did not dwell on those positives.