Great breakdown. I haven't watched the episode in question in years but I remember it well enough. What you describe is a pervasive issue I had forgotten about, but is in other parts of DS9. Particularly with the Defiant and how it seemingly flies around much larger ships (which all seem to be motionless in space, during battles) getting in multiple hits with phasers. Granted, in the case of the Odyssey, one of the nacelles was damaged and it had to limp away.