The 28-year-old was magnificent: headers, last-ditch blocks and well-timed interceptions galore.
"Obviously, I've got love for West Ham from when I was previously here - when I left I didn't really want to," said Collins, who went to Villa in 2009.
"The club were struggling for money and sold me. But I think the West Ham fans knew I didn't want to go. So to come back, and come back a better player I think, is great."