Valtteri Filppula learned one thing last year about being in a three-game playoff hole.

"It's not that fun to be down," he said. "It's better to be up."

But the Red Wings are down, 3-1, in their best-of-seven first-round series against Nashville and won't win unless they rattle off three straight victories, which they nearly did in last year's conference semifinals against San Jose.

"Last year, I think we fought back pretty well," Filppula said. "It wasn't enough, so hopefully this year, it's going to be enough. But a lot of guys have played a lot of playoff games, so I think that will be a help for us."