The Senators spent Tuesday night scoreboard watching.

In the midst of a stretch of six games in nine days, the Senators had Tuesday off to get rested and ready for Wednesday's visit by the New York Islanders to the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Senators are 4-0-1 in their last five games. Making the playoffs is a longshot, but they did head into Tuesday's action trailing Columbus by four points for the final wild-card spot.

The Jackets, Leafs and Devils, all teams in front of the Senators, were playing Tuesday night.

Ottawa players don't really want to get caught up in the post-season talk with seven games left. The reality is this team has to win its remaining games and then get some help.

"We love this. This is great. It reminds me of last season of having that feeling in our room of being confident," said defenceman Marc Methot. "It's a great atmosphere. This is what we strive for and we're going to try to keep it going.

"I don't want to say that we're parading around the room now. We understand the severity of the situation and where we are in the standings. We're trying to be professional about it. It's good to enjoy it after the games. That's what you play for: That good feeling in the room."

The Senators don't control their own destiny. They have to keep winning and there is no margin for error. Coming off a 2-1 win over Carolina, the club still has two sets of back-to-back games.

People also seem to be ignoring the fact the Maple Leafs, Capitals and Devils are also ahead of the Senators in the standings and are still in the mix. There is still a huge hurdle here to climb.