Agreed. Much better expenditure than the boating scene, and much better way to establish the crew as awesome ass-kickers.
And efficient at their job. When you get rid of an action scene but still say it happened, you wind up having the Enterprise arrive at the station after the battle and only rescuing the villain. Kind of sad when you compare that to the opening of the movie where Kirk successfully rescues a stranded ship and sacrifices his life to save the Enterprise B.