Tshabalala netted for Bafana Bafana with a stunning drive on the angle in the 55th minute against Mexico after being released by Kagisho Dikgacoi at Soccer City.
El Tri, however, equalised via Rafael Marquez late into the Group A tie to earn a share of the spoils.
“It was history in the making. I feel honoured and grateful at the same time,” 'Shabba' told his club's official website.
“I still get goose bumps. The date itself is marked by receiving messages from all quarters. It is a special day in my career.”
Meanwhile, Tshabalala wished the national team well for Saturday's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Gambia at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“I wish Bafana Bafana all the best. We have a good squad, capable to win on Saturday.”