Butcher took over last week from Pat Fenlon who signed the 22-year-old striker for B£200,000 from Swindon on a three-year deal in the summer.
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 player has only scored twice this season, against St Mirren and St Johnstone in successive weeks in September, and he "definitely" believes the best is yet to come after months of living off scraps.
Asked to sum up his start to his Hibees career so far, Collins was refreshingly honest.
"Not great" he said. "Obviously as a striker you want to score many more goals but on the flip side of it, there hasn't been many chances created for the strikers.
"Goals is a massive thing and we need to score more.
"If I get the nod against St Mirren, hopefully I can repeat my performance (from the first game).
"I want to score a lot more goals and for the team to finish in the top four, let alone the top six.
"If we can get a European place then it would be brilliant.
"We have got a good set of players here and if we get at teams from the off instead of going behind and then playing well, not many teams in the league can live with us."
Collins insists the Hibernian players "are raring to go" against the rejuvenated Buddies who can leapfrog the seventh-placed visitors with a win.
He said: "The boys are looking forward to it. Saturday can't come quick enough and I can't wait.
"A new manager comes in with different ideas and you have to adapt to that as quickly as possible otherwise you won't find yourself in the team.
"So it is down to you to concentrate and work hard and hopefully the rest of it will take care of itself.
"The gaffer said it was a fresh start for everyone and everyone has been looking sharp and wanting to show him what we can do.
"He has told us we are all good players and he wants us to prove it more and that gives us confidence in itself.
"Hopefully we can take it out on the pitch at the weekend."