The Red Wings had lost three in a row and six out of seven, a skid that has put their post-season hopes in jeopardy.
Shea Weber cut the Nashville deficit to one early in the third period but Henrik Zetterberg restored the two-goal lead just past the midway point of the stanza.
Nashville lost its fifth straight game. Dan Ellis surrendered all four goals on 29 shots.
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