I have an alternate series which I want to test for convergence or divergence. The series is as follows:

$$\sum_{n=1}^\infty (-1)^n \frac{n^2-1}{n^3+1}$$

I know how to test this for convergence, but the first term is $0$ and so "$n+1$" terms are not allways smaller than $n$ terms. I have seen the answer and the series is convergent (although not absolutely, but I knew that from testing $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{n^2-1}{n^3+1}$ in a previous exercise), can I just "throw out" the $0$ and say it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things? The terms of the series tend to $0$, so the conditions for convergence in alternate series are satisfied except for that nasty $0$.