But they were to make allies along the way, the best way to do that in the space they're in would be to stay together a share the temporal defenses. The more temporal shielded ships out there, the harder it would be for the Krenim.
Ahem. I know you're only quoting the ep, but WTF?!
You don't make allies
when you're in an evacuation pod; you make rescuers and/or slavermasters.