Five games into the season and both these sides are still waiting for their first win – but Gateshead will be the happier with this stalemate on Tyneside despite having home advantage.
A managerless Heed were heading for a fifth straight defeat when a first-half brace from former Chesterfield striker Scott Boden left them staring down the barrel at half-time.
Sent out six minutes early by caretaker-manager David Rush to gather their thoughts, defender Carl Magnay started the second-half fightback with a looping header six minutes in.
Liam Hatch then headed the equaliser with his second touch after coming off the bench for disgruntled striker Richard Brodie, who headed straight to the dressing room.
Magnay almost completed the comeback with another header that was goalbound, until former Chelsea team-mate Rhys Taylor clawed the ball to safety.
For Macclesfield it was third draw of the campaign, while Gateshead will now look to break their duck at Woking – who lost both of their games over the Bank Holiday weekend – on Saturday.
The Tynesiders managed only one effort at goal in the first half against Macclesfield, and that was an offside effort from frontman Adam Boyes.
Macclesfield, with veteran Efe Sodje at the heart of their defence, comfortably repelled the home raids.
And the Silkmen were ahead midway through the first half.
Full-back Danny Andrews chipped a measured ball into the box where Boden was first to react to nudge a shot past Adam Bartlett.
James Curtis, playing his first game of the season after injury, then had his pocket picked by Jon Paul Kissock near the byline and Boden was on hand to sweep home Town’s second. At 2-0 Macclesfield were cruising, but Magnay’s 10-yard looping header early in the second half gave Gateshead the belief to go on and get something from the game.
Danny Whitaker curled just wide at the other end and had another effort saved by Bartlett as the game sparked into life.
Boden then got past Curtis to shoot against Bartlett’s legs from an almost impossible angle as the Silkmen remained a threat going forward.
Hatch’s introduction, however, was spectacular. Almost scoring with his first touch his second, from another Josh Walker corner, flew into the far corner to draw his side level.
Taylor’s 79th-minute save denied Magnay further glory, both sides having to settle for a share of the spoils.
GATESHEAD: Bartlett, Magnay, O’Brien, Chandler, Curtis, Clark, Larkin (Ramshaw 83), Turnbull, Boyes Brown 65), Brodie (Hatch 69), Walker. Subs (not used): Nixon (gk), Baxter. Goals: Magnay (51), Hatch (70). Booked: None
MACCLESFIELD: Taylor, Halls, Andrew, Bolton, Sodje, Kissock, Whitaker, Kay, Winn (Gnahoua 86), Turnbull (Williams 83), Winn. Subs (not used): Mackreth, Lewis, Branaghan (gk). Goals: Boden (19, 41). Booked: None
Referee: Ben Toner (Darwen)