Usuthu relied on an equaliser from Mbongeni Gumede to gather a point and remain in contention for promotion, as they trail second-placed Royal Eagles by two points, and are a point behind Witbank Spurs.
Undefeated Thanda Royal Zulu are hot favourites for automatic promotion as they are 12 points clear at the National First Division summit after 16 fixtures.
“It was very hard against Tuks, they really did their homework on us because the first 30 minutes or so, they did exactly what they had planned for us,” Nyongo told his club's website.
“The team showed character to get an equaliser through 'Shoes' and we also started to find some rhythm just before half-time.
“It was a wake-up call for us – that no team is just going to roll over and let us take points from them.
“Playing away is never easy, we were not at our best to be honest and we were far from it, but we take the point.”
The Durban-based outfit next host mid-table Mthatha Bucks at Princess Magogo Stadium.
Nyongo added: “On Wednesday we expect another tough battle against Mthatha, but we will be up for it. It’s our first home game for the year and we would like to give our supporters a proper new year welcoming as we gave them a proper Christmas last year.”