Xhaka put in one of his best performances in a Gladbach shirt to confirm an upward trend in his form, but after earning a yellow card and answering back to the referee, Gladbach coach Lucien Favre decided it was best to take him off.
The anger at seeing his number raised was soon replaced by satisfaction, though, as the home fans acknowledged Xhaka's contribution to a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.
"It was frustrating that I had to leave after 62 minutes because I had already been warned," Xhaka said on his club's website.
"The coach explained to me that the fourth official had told him that I would be sent off for my next foul.
"As the fans called my name, it gave me goosebumps. We have played another great game and we have got to build on this."
Thanks in no small part to Xhaka, Gladbach's four forwards all got their names on the scoresheet, including Max Kruse.
"It was important to go into the break for internationals with a good feeling, so this win was very important," said the former Freiburg forward, who has been called up to the Germany squad.
"I'm really looking forward to joining the national team, and then the next game with Borussia."