It is made clear throughout For the Uniform the Maquis are on the offensive, the cardassians are reeling and close to breaking, and the federation desperate to prevent both Cardassian collapse and total Maquis/Klingon victory. Eddington tells Sisko he had the Cardassians on the run. Had the dominion not intervened their empire would have collapsed the Klingons may have even reached Cardassia itself and the Maquis would have state in the DMZ. Triumphantly showing Eddington prevailing against all Maquis enemies. That victory was in sight.